KUCHING - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak promises to fulfil the rural development agenda in all corners of the state to ensure that the state would be on par with Peninsular Malaysia when it becomes a developed nation by 2020.
Speaking during the 50th Malaysia Day celebration at Padang Merdeka here yesterday, Najib said the Federal Government would commit to ensure that all the nooks and crannies of the state would enjoy the benefits of development.
"Despite the size of Sarawak, we (Federal Government) want to see Sarawak developed. We have achieved several agendas for the state but there are still some that we have not fulfilled yet. Because of that, in years to come we have to achieve several objectives.
"Some of the objectives include ensuring Sarawak will achieve a high-income status.
"Therefore, in our efforts to become a developed nation, we (Federal Government) must complete the remaining agendas for the state, especially the rural development agenda, so that by the time we become a developed nation, Sarawak would be on par with Peninsular Malaysia," he said.
Najib said with the strong ties and collaboration between the state and federal governments, he was confident that further development and the rural development agenda would be guaranteed.
Apart from close political ties between the state and federal governments, he was also proud with the harmony and unity of Sarawakians.
According to Najib, it was important for Sarawakians to preserve this as it would be the key to further development of the state.
"This is the uniqueness of Sarawak. Despite having more than 27 ethnic groups, there was never a racial barrier between them.
"This must be further nurtured, strengthened and preserved because it would ensure the development of Sarawak."
Najib said that this unity and harmony went back 50 years ago when many Sarawakians voted and decided to be independent with Malaysia through the Cobbold Commission.
Later, Najib was at the Prince Philip Park in Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu for a similar celebration.