KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government fully backs Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) to lead the state and will give due attention to its development needs, says the Prime Minister.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this support and relation fostered between both the state and federal governments allowed the Sabah government to function to its best ability.
“We will give priority to the development needs and assistance to Sabah, so its people will get the care it deserves, ” he said during a dinner with GRS leaders here last night.
Muhyiddin said as we struggled to cope with the pandemic and economic difficulties over the past year, the Federal Government had automatically allocated and given funds to Sabah to fight Covid-19.
This is his first official visit to Sabah since GRS won the state election last September.
Muhyiddin said with Sabah’s strong, united and capable governance under GRS, he was confident that Sabah would not only recover, but emerge stronger economically and socially.
“More so with the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan that focuses on three main cores – economy, human capital and the well-being of the people as well as infrastructure and the environment – there will be positive changes soon, ” he said.
During his speech, he reminded GRS leaders to remember how they arrived where they were, and how they managed to overthrow the Warisan government.
“We must remember that the rakyat voted for us and our job to help them is not over, ” Muhyiddin said.
Earlier, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor assured Sabahans that the state government would continue to fight for its 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.
Hajiji said voicing of these rights was 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 Sarawak and the then Malayan Federation.