KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government fully backs Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) to lead the state government and will give priority to its development needs, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said this support and relations between both state and federal governments have allowed the Sabah government to function to its best ability.
“We will give priority to the development needs and assistance to Sabah, so that its people would get the care it deserves, ” he said.
Muhyiddin said over the past months, as the nation struggled to cope with the pandemic and the economic downfall, the Federal Government had allocated and given funds to Sabah to fight against Covid-19.
Looking forward, Muhyiddin said with Sabah’s strong, united and capable GRS governance, he is sure Sabah will not only recover, but emerge stronger economically and socially.
“More so with the Sabah Maju Jaya economic plan that focuses on three main cruxes - economy, human capital and wellbeing of the people, infrastructure and environment - there will be positive changes soon, ” he said during a dinner with GRS leaders here Sabah on Sunday (March 21).
This is his first official visit to Sabah since GRS won the state elections in September last year.
During his speech, he reminded GRS leaders to remember how they reached where they are and how they managed to overthrow the previous Warisan government.
“We must remember what the rakyat voted us for, our job is not over to help them, ” Muhyiddin said.
Earlier, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor assured Sabahans that the state government will continue to fight for rights stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Petronas has paid Sabah the 5% sales tax while a special task force has been set up to look into what is owed to us in MA63, ” he said.
He said these rights are voiced out not only out of concern for Sabah, but also as a form of love and loyalty to the Federation of Malaysia that was formed together with Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.