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KUCHING, Nov 5: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’ programme is a programme which also reflected ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’.
He said the programme was one that showcased the achievements of the federal and state governments where the needs and concerns of the people of Sarawak and Malaysia, were taken care of.
Zahid who is also the Home Minister said the government was serious in materialising its manifesto by taking heed of the needs and the challenges faced by the people.
“It is not just rhetoric of the government, but actual implementation that takes place instantly,” said Zahid while officiating at the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’ programme held at Dataran Kerayaan in Petra Jaya this morning.
Citing the example of an allocation of RM1 billion to Sarawak to upgrade rundown rural schools, he said it was in response to the Sarawak government’s pro-active initiative to fix the problem.
He explained that the state government had the initial plan to finance the upgrading of rural dilapidated schools with RM1 billion in allocation through the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS).
However, both he and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak decided that the federal government wanted to help Sarawak, its education, its schools and students.
“Because the Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) has a lot of support from the people, that is why without asking many questions, the prime minister gave RM1 billion for Sarawak.
He said since RM1 billion has been allocated to upgrade the schools, there is no need to use state funds for the purpose.
“The prime minister hears the voices of the people. In response, I ask that you give support to the state and federal governments,” said Zahid.
He further pointed out that the comfort Sarawakians are enjoying now did not fall from the sky but has been the result of the commitment of state and federal governments.
Also present were Abang Johari, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and others. — DayakDaily