Masing calls for impartial allotment of funds for state development
Borneo Post September 16, 2011, FridayKUCHING: The federal allocation for the physical development of Sarawak must be proportionate as the state was one of the four entities that formed the Federation of Malaysia.
As such, president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Tan Sri Dr James Masing suggested that the allocation to Sarawak must be a reflection of the state as one of four entities that formed the federation and not just one of the 13 states in Malaysia as stated in the constitution.
However, he also pointed out that since Singapore had left the federation in 1965, the proposition of allocation for Sarawak must be reflective of the historical fact.
“It must be proportionate to who we are and based on our needs. The money must be supplied to us to meet that need,” Masing told the Borneo Post recently.
Masing who is also the Minister of Land Development pointed out that the so-called Pan-Borneo Highway was just one example of the
pathetic condition of the infrastructure in the state which needed to be upgraded.
“The North-South and East-West highways of Peninsula Malaysia have three or four lanes so whatever we have here is an embarrassment,” he stressed.
Dr Masing said Sept 16 would be an appropriate reminder to the leaders of the country to take stock of the physical development in Sarawak.
“To me this is significant because that was the date Malaysia was born. It is not just a date. It is significant to our national unity,” he said.
“It is my hope that the Malaysia Day would bring betterment to us all regardless of our differences.
Thus, everyone must contribute to make our country a better nation,” he said.