SANDAKAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday described as nonsense the allegations by the opposition that Malaysia is a failed state.
In fact, he said, if Malaysia was a failed state, how was it possible for the Barisan Nasional-led government of Malaysia to implement basic projects for the people’s benefit, such as the housing project in Batu Sapi and many mega projects in Sabah.
Najib said that besides the housing project in Batu Sapi, many additional projects were being implemented and would be carried out throughout Sabah for the welfare of the state, including the Pan Borneo Highway.
He said the government under his leadership paid attention to development in Sabah to ensure the state’s development was on par with that experienced by other states in the peninsula.
“I see Sabah as a state that has huge potentials,” he said when speaking at the launch of the Taman Batu Sapi People’s Housing Project here.
“I want the Land Below The Wind to attain a higher status, success and development and the people more prosperous in future,” he said, adding, however, this needed time and could not happen overnight.
As such, Najib reminded the people of Sabah not to be easily swayed by the opposition’s incitement to instigate and mislead the people, who would ultimately lose out.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah as well as Federal Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar were also present at the event.
The Prime Minister also said that if Malaysia was a failed state, it would have caught the attention of world leaders including King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who chose Malaysia as the first destination of his state visits to several Asian countries.
Najib said that if Malaysia was a failed state, how was it that Saudi Aramco, which produces 14 million barrels of oil per day, wanted to seal an agreement with Petronas as a joint partner of the RAPID project in Pengerang, Johor.
At the event, Najib also announced that the Taman Batu Sapi PPR was under the ‘Rent To Own’ housing scheme, whereby, house owners would pay certain amount of rentals every month and eventually own the house.
Najib also announced the government’s willingness to study the costs needed to supply clean water to residents living on the islands near Sandakan to be considered for implementation.