KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes that Malaysia will remain politically peaceful, socially harmonious and economically vibrant as the nation celebrates its National Day today.
He said the peace and stability should be safeguarded to ensure that the country continue to progress substantially and economically prosper.
“Likewise, I hope Sarawak being the largest state and biggest natural resources contributor towards the nation’s economy would be adequately reciprocated by the central government in terms of infrastructure development,” he said when contacted via WhatsApp yesterday.
He said this is despite the fact that most Sarawakians are now very mobile and many have the opportunity to further their studies in Peninsular Malaysia.
However, he stressed that Sarawak was still lacking in terms of infrastructure development.
“In Peninsula, they have the North-South Highway which links many major cities and towns there. We are taking about three to four alternative routes, but in Sarawak we are still lingering about constructing our first dual carriageway,” he said.
“Say what they like, but Peninsula Malaysia is far far more developed in terms of infrastructure as compared to Sarawak. And we are proudly saying we are already in our 53th year being part of Malaysia,” he added.
The state-level National Day celebration this year will be held in Sri Aman in which 82 contingents comprising 5,000 participants are expected to take part.
The celebration will be officiated by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Also expected to grace the celebration is Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.