PROGRESS: Sarawak has made big progress through smart partnership with Federal Govt, says Najib
SIBU: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia welcomed change, but one which was well-structured, organised and systematic.
"Not one that is disorganised, or chaotic. We want change that can bring real progress," he said yesterday at the ground-breaking of Sarawak University College of Technology, the state's latest university.
Najib said there were people who preached about bringing change to the country. They would promise the people the sun and the moon, even the entire galaxy.
"They will promise anything solely for the sake of winning votes.
"But it is the Barisan Nasional government that has done so much in bringing change. Even folks in the rural areas are enjoying the benefits as a result of change.
"We will do more for the future because it is a long-term process and cannot be done in a hurry.
"We will deliver what we have promised."
Najib, who is here on a two-day working visit since Saturday, said the government did not need any newcomer, or any Johnny-come-lately to bring about change in the country.
He said in Sarawak, for instance, the BN government had done very well because the partnership between the federal and state governments was good.
"The partnership works because we come from the same family, thus ensuring our success.
"We want more development and penglikun (Iban for security) for a more comfortable and better life for the people."
On the development in the education field, Najib said the Federal Government had never rejected any request from the state government to set up more universities and higher learning institutions.
"When I was the education minister, I had approved requests from Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to establish the Curtin University branch campus in Miri and Swinburne (University of Technology, Sarawak) in Kuching.
"Now, my successor, Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, has approved the setting up of this university (Sarawak University College of Technology)."
Najib said one of the critical success factors for a country, or a state, was the number of its students who had been given quality education.
He assured the people that the government would continue to develop, invest and improve on the education system.
Later, at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering at the An-Nur Mosque, Najib said Sarawak's autonomy over certain areas should not be made into an issue.
He said the federal and state governments had a good understanding on the matter.
"In fact, after Sarawak gained its independence through Malaysia, it had undergone tremendous change.
"We will help it to achieve even more (progress and development) as we have a partnership that has been effective in bringing about development."
Najib also said the wealth and prosperity of the country must be shared by all. For this reason, the Federal Government was always giving special attention to Sabah and Sarawak.
About 10,000 people attended the gathering. Present were Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Abdul Taib and his wife, Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, and Nangka state assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee.
The prime minister also announced a government aid of RM1 million to upgrade facilities at the mosque and for its beautification project.