Rohani urges state, federal leaders to work together
BINTULU: The state and federal governments have a common task in that both are working together to make Malaysia a progressive nation.
As such, leaders at both levels must be able to see eye to eye, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim.
“The state and federal level leadership must be able to work together in partnership and to think as a nation,” she said when commenting on the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.
Rohani, who is also Batang Lupar MP, pointed out that development came from both the state and federal governments.
“So at the state level, the government must have good plans which the federal government will complement,” she said when asked to comment on issues brought up by certain quarters on unfair wealth distribution between the states in Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.
She said all development projects took time and to unite the 14 states in Malaysia was not easy, especially with its diverse ethnic groups, religions and background.
“We should be proud of our achievement because we are somewhere compared to the old days in terms of development, with poverty reduced significantly,” she said.
She also said the people should be thankful to their forefathers because with the merger the state had been able to experience rapid development.
Commenting on the various sensitive issues brought up in the new media such as Facebook, Twitter and even conventional media on the lack of development in a particular state without considering the sensitivity of the people, she said such action was irresponsible
“It is not healthy to express sensitive issues especially concerning a particular state especially when it is inaccurate. We should express it from the national stand, one big picture and to say some states still don’t achieve development is not right,” she added.
On her ministry, she said it had been tasked to give more priority to Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan.
“Meaning to say, at the ministry level there are programmes outlined but there are many factors contributing to the delay of development such as land issue, certain planning, logistics and others,” she stressed.