Malaysian Minister: Sabahans and Sarawakians not treated as stepchildren

Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli (right) called on Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysia's Deputy Home Minister at Wisma Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was there for a three-day visit.

An opposition MP was taken to task over her remarks that many Sabahans and Sarawakians are not happy with the Federal Government for treating them like "step-children".

"This is just your perception," Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching). "You are living in your own world. We live in reality,"

Dr Wan Junaidi said disgruntled people who had failed in their own ways were behind calls for the two states to secede from Malaysia.

"Such allegations that this sentiment is shared all over Sabah and Sarawak is not true. There are only a few of them doing this," added the Santubong MP.

Dr Wan Junaidi said the Government was aware of social media postings calling for secession and that those behind these calls were being closely monitored.

He said investigation papers had been sent to the Attorney-General's office. "He is studying them," he added.

"The Government is aware that people behind such movements are not based in Malaysia, but overseas," Dr Wan Junaidi said, adding that their extradition could be done only when the A-G had looked through the investigation papers against these groups and individuals.

On another note, Dr Wan Junaidi said the Government was bringing development to the two states, adding that major changes were set to take place over the next few years, particularly in Sarawak.