Sabah leaders seeking more development funds as Malaysia marks 60th anniversary

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim met with Sabah Pakatan Harapan leaders who are seeking more funds for development of Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes to see more development funds flow into the state as it marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16 this year.

Sabah Pakatan Harapan leaders met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya on Tuesday (May 9) to push for development priorities this year.

They discussed the persistent problems and issues facing Sabah such as water supply, road infrastructure and the state's share to the net revenue collected by the Federal Government in Sabah.

Among those who attended the meeting were Sabah Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Christina Liew, Sabah DAP chairman Datuk Frankie Poon, Upko president Datuk Ewon Benedick, Sabah DAP secretary Phoong Jin Zhe, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Sandakan MP Vivian Wong, Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Tangau, Sepanggar MP Mustapha Sakmud, Inanam assemblyman Peto Galim, Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt and Kapayan assemblyman Jannie Lasimbang.

"We informed the Prime Minister of the Sabah people's aspirations for development and their demand to the Federal Government to allocate more funds to address various development needs in Sabah," Benedick said in a statement.

He said Anwar was committed to Sabah's needs and they hoped the 60th Malaysia Day this year would give greater meaning for the people under the new unity government.

Benedick said during the meeting, they discussed the government's commitment to the development agenda, particularly in infrastructure and entrepreneurship.

"The prime minister also agreed to make a working visit to Sabah to personally assess some of the people's issues and is expected to make important announcements related to development," he added.

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