Taib Mahmud: Sabah, Sarawak Gained Much Benefits Being in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Taib Mahmud, the former Sarawak chief minister said it is undeniable Sarawak and Sabah has gained many benefits for being entities in Malaysia.

He said the development being enjoyed in Sarawak at present was also the result of economic developments taking place in Peninsular Malaysia.

TAIB MAHMUD

Speaking at the ‘Syarahan Negarawan Negeri Sarawak’ event in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka here Thursday, Taib was quoted saying that Sarawak made the right decision when it chose to participate in the formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Malaya in September 1963.

“That decision to join the federation had brought many benefits to Sarawak, especially in terms of development and modernisation,” said Taib who is now Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

“It is unlikely that the progress enjoyed by Sarawak is as vibrant as it is today if it chose to become a separate country and choosing to jointly form Malaysia has made Sarawak a stronger and more prosperous state.

Taib, who was Sarawak’s fourth Chief Minister for 33 years until 2014, said he remained confident the future of Sarawak in Malaysia is guaranteed, adding that bilateral ties between the state and the federal government were very cordial and any differences in policies and opinions should be addressed through consultations.

“The question of cooperation between the federal and state governments is no longer a hot political issue as in the past. It is a practical matter that must be dealt with through negotiations.

“As far as I can see with my own experience, the cooperation between federal and state is very good. We don’t have any major problems that it can lead to confrontation or create policies that are discriminating,” he was quoted as saying.