KUCHING: May Sarawak’s interests continue to be a major focus of the federal government. This is an ardent hope of Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.
“I hope under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the interests of Sarawak will continue to be prioritised and highlighted, particularly in future policy and planning discussions at the national level,” he said in his Malaysia Day message yesterday (Sept 15).
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief hoped that the country can continue to strengthen itself to meet current and future challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recovery.
He said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on transformation and political stability signed by the federal government and opposition parties is a right step towards democracy by consensus and mature politics.
“I hope that in the future, whatever problems we face could be resolved prudently through discussions and not disputes,” he said.
Fazzrudin then reiterated that the restoration of Sarawak’s eroded rights provided for under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) should be expedited in the spirit of partnership and equality between Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.
“At the same time, the federal government must continue to support development in Sarawak by providing adequate funds to erase the perception that Sarawak is being treated as a ‘stepchild’ by the federal government.
He also stressed that the distribution of allocations from the federal government should also be provided based on the state’s size and not the total population.
“If funds are allocated to Sarawak still based on the total population, then it would simply be inadequate for the implementation of development projects,” he said.
The assemblyman also viewed that a large allocation in terms of education should also be given by taking into account the situation of schools in Sarawak, its location and also the distribution of students.
“Education policy at the national level should also take into account the plight of students in rural areas and ensure these schools are equipped with necessary equipment,” he said.