Federal government is committed to negotiate on issues related to Sabah, Sarawak via MA63 – PM Ismail


KUALA LUMPUR SEPT.16:  The Federal Government promises to give attention to issues related to the interests of Sabah and Sarawak as each time  “Hari Malaysia” is celebrated the question of “equal partners” has frequently been raised.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government via the Malaysian Agreement Special Council (MA63) in which he is the Chairman while Chief Minister of Sabah and Chief Minister of Sarawak are members together with eight Federal Ministers will give assurance to study the details of the issues through negotiations.

“This effort proves that the government is committed in attending issues related to various important subjects in Sabah and Sarawak.

“We should be grateful even though Malaysia is a country with its states being separated by the South China Sea but every challenge encountered has been handled with success and followed by tolerance and democratic actions’ framework that are centred on the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law,” Ismail said in his speech in conjunction with “Hari Malaysia” celebration at the Sabah International Convention Centre via TV1 live telecasted here this evening.

Ismail added: “To see the country’s prosperity is being shared together, I am happy to announce that the government has allocated RM4.66 billion to Sabah while RM4.47 billion to Sarawak.

“The money is being channelled through the development provisions under the Rolling Plan 2021 as part of the 12th Malaysia Plan that will be tabled in the Parliament on 27th September 2021.”

Ismail said, the allocations for development are among the highest compared to other states. This proves that the government is highly committed to increase the economic growth and the people’s wellbeing in Sabah and Sarawak.

The Prime Minister also highlighted on the needs and interests of the Malaysian Family on the fast speed Internet coverage.

To fulfil the aspiration Ismail said, the Pelan Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA) 2021-2025 will be broadened.

Ismail stressed that for preparation, Sabah and Sarawak will be shifting to 5G technology and for that the government has allocated RM7.7 billion for a period of five years with Sabah being allocated with RM3.61billion while Sarawak with RM4.09 billion.

“My assurance is the government will continue to be committed to improve the services of the Internet in the two states. No one will be left behind, everyone will have access to the digital world, and everyone must be connected. 

“This service will benefit 3.8 million people in Sabah and 2.8 million in Sarawak. We hope after this we will not hear any Malaysian Family will have to climb a tree or the roof top to get the Internet line,” Ismail said. –Malaysia World News.     

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