Federal Minister vows to help develop Sarawak

Federal Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaluddin (centre) posed for a group photo during her official visit to Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) today.

KUCHING, June 21: Federal Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin today vowed to work with the Sarawak government for a better Malaysia, regardless of political affiliations.

Zuraida made this pledge during her visit to Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) this afternoon.

On why she chose to visit MPP, she said it was because its chairman, Lo Khere Chiang, was very cooperative with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the past.

Lo had worked closely with PKR national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni on local issues numerous times, for which Zuraida said she was thankful and looked forward to more of such collaborations.

“The new (federal) government will move forward together to make a better Malaysia. It doesn’t matter where you come from or which party you belong to. To serve everybody the same … that’s the principle and philosophy,” she told the 32 MPP councillors and representatives present.

With regards to Lo and MPP secretary Elizabeth Loh’s requests for funds to implement various development projects, Zuraida said it would have to wait until the financial situation in the country stabilised due to the RM1 trillion debt.

However, she emphasised that not all allocations were scrapped. For instance, the allocation that was approved by the previous minister for repairing 27 houses in MPP areas would be disbursed accordingly.

Meanwhile, in his welcoming speech, Lo congratulated Zuraida for being the first female Minister of Housing and Local Government. He also praised her for her commitment to restore local government elections and to solve outstanding issues relating to the housing tribunal and Strata Titles Ordinance. — DayakDaily