SARAWAK - The Federal Government has put a lot of effort into Sarawak's well-being because it recognises the state's importance to national development, says Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
"While it is true that there are many areas in Sarawak still lagging behind other states, Putrajaya is trying its best to narrow the development gap," the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said yesterday.
"Without Sarawak, Malaysia is incomplete."
Dr Wee said Sarawakians had contributed to the country in a big way.
"That is why the Federal Government allocates a huge chunk of the annual Budget for Sarawak and Sabah," he told reporters after chairing a dialogue with Chinese associations here.
He cited the appointment of Datuk Fadillah Yusof (who is a Sarawakian) as Works Minister and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (a Sabahan) as Rural and Regional Development Minister, saying this reflected the Federal Government's concerns over the development in the two states.
In Kuala Lumpur, MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said some young Malaysians are confused between what it means to express love for the country and supporting the government.
Relating a friend's experience at a cinema when the Negaraku was being played before the movie started, the senator said most of the youths did not stand up to respect the national anthem.
"I don't know why they did not rise and sing the national anthem. This is something that needs to be tackled," he said, when opening a seminar for university students on the goods and services tax (GST) at Wisma MCA here yesterday.