DPM Ahmad Zahid calls for greater harmony between leadership in Sabah, Sarawak and at Federal level

BELAGA (Sarawak), July: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today called for greater harmony between the leadership of Sabah and Sarawak and at the Federal level for the benefit of their peoples.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is committed to fulfilling the requests of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“If we negotiate well without applying undue pressure, I am confident that the Prime Minister will implement these requests according to the current financial capability of the country,” he told reporters after attending a “Majlis Bersama Pemimpin” event at Rumah Brain Mering, Punan Ba here.

At the event, Ahmad Zahid announced an allocation of RM4.2 million for the replacement of batteries of the solar hybrid system in Punan Ba and RM62 million for the extension of rural electricity supply in the area.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, said the federal government will consider the construction of a 20-kilometre main road from Bintulu to Punan Ba, as well as a RM21.6 million water treatment plant, the building of a Bailey bridge across Sungai Punan Ba, the installation of streetlights in the village, and the upgrading of the Belaga Kemas office.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that he will also discuss with the Minister of Works Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi about upgrading the Jiwa Murni road in Belaga to federal road status to provide better connectivity for the residents in the district.

He also urged the people of Sarawak to continue supporting the leadership of Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, who has significantly advanced the Land of the Hornbills, especially in the field of technology.

Earlier, Ahmad Zahid had officiated the Punan Ba Solar Hybrid Supply Project.