KOTA KINABALU: The Prime Minister said Friday the Barisan Nasional needs to work harder to retain Sabah in the 14th General Election.
Najib Razak said while he is confident the BN will win at the polls, party members have been advised to work hard to ensure victory for the ruling coalition.
Speaking to reporters after delivering a message at a meeting with federal and Sabah public servants here Najib said BN was now focusing on winning the hearts of the voters and that clear instruction had been given with regard to the task at hand.
“I am confident Sabah will be with BN, but we do not to be complacent or overconfident.
“We still need to work harder,” he said adding that he hoped that the people’s positive response to his visit to Sabah could be translated into the people’s support for BN as the government in GE14.
Najib, who arrived here on Thursday night, is on a day-long trip to Sabah.
When launching the Universiti Malaysia Sabah Hospital (HUMS) development project here, he said he has agreed in principle to make it a smart teaching hospital to upgrade the quality of medical education and health services in the State.
He said the government would ensure that HUMS was turned into a smart teaching hospital in stages to ensure that it benefited the people in Sabah, especially medical students of the university.
“We (government) will make the smart teaching hospital an iconic project which will benefit students and Sabahans,” he said.
Najib said the provision and access to quality medical and health services for the people had placed Malaysia among the best five countries in the world in terms health services by an international body on Jan 29.
“The people receive quality health services at a cost of only RM1 at 1Malaysia clinics or other government health clinics and the people also receive medicines for free,” he said.
Some RM652 million had been allocated to build the 110,853 sq metre hospital which would have 400 beds and that the construction of the hospital was part of the Malaysia Education (Higher Education) Blueprint 2015 -2025.
UMS is among 12 of the 20 public universities in Malaysia which have a medical faculty. Each medical programme at the university requires its own teaching staff to provide ‘hands-on’ experience for the students.
Najib added that the ongoing democratisation of education is an effective formula to eliminate the development gap between Sabah and Sarawak and the peninsula.
He said the formula enabled all Malaysians, wherever they are, to have access to not only education but quality education.
“Only through the mastery of education and knowledge can we traverse through time and elevate the dignity and status of a nation because knowledge gives us strength, and strength lies not at the end of a weapon but in a mind enriched with knowledge and skills.
“So, when we talk of our efforts to have Sabah develop in tandem with the peninsula, to eliminate the development gap, it is by way of developing the education system in Sabah,” he said.
Earlier, after a visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pekan Telipok and SK Telipok, near here, Najib said the government will step up efforts to ensure education in Sabah continues to progress,
He said it will in stages show the people that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is very committed to develop schools with modern premises as well as features of a classroom in the 21st century.
Accompanying Najib was Musa Aman, the Sabah Chief Minister, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Communications and Multimedia Minister, Wilfred Madius Tangau, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister as well as Mary Yap Kain Ching, the deputy Education Minister.