We will ensure Sabah's development on par with other states, says Najib

AVILA GERALDINE


SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to see development in Sabah to be on par with other states.

Addressing a Sandakan crowd of thousands today, Najib said Sabah had been lagging behind and every effort will be made to ensure that it catches up.

“I will visit Sabah more often and approve as much allocation as necessary for the state. I see Sabah as having massive potential,” he said.

Najib noted that, since becoming prime minister, he had visited Sabah and Sarawak more often than a former premier, who had led the country for 22 years.

Najib also reminded the people of the Pan-Borneo Highway project, an initiative of his which is set to improve the lives of many people in Sabah and Sarawak.

“I am here not just for the sake of coming to Sabah but to also champion the needs of the people,” he said at the launch of the Taman Batu Sapi People’s Housing Project (PPR) here.

Najib is scheduled to launch the Pan-Borneo Highway in Sipitang tomorrow after his visit to Sandakan.

He also gave his assurance that more developments would be brought to the district, and gave his word that the RM32 million PPR project will herald even more development for Sandakan.

Meanwhile, the prime minister advised the people of Sandakan not to be fooled by promises made by opposition leaders, whose aim, he said, was to mislead the people.

Presumably taking a thinly-veiled jab at Parti Warisan president Datu Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Najib spoke of a personality who started a political party based on personal ambition.

“He came and asked to become Sabah chief minister; that was his personal ambition. To me, personal ambition should not come before the struggle for the people.

“How can we build a political party based on personal ambition? It cannot be sustained. A party must be established based on a pure struggle that is full of idealism like Umno and Barisan Nasional so we can bring progress to the people.”