KOTA KINABALU: Sabah should be given greater focus in Malaysia’s development drive in order to propel the state to greater heights.
This is the stand of Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who said Sabah deserves the same attention as other states when it comes to development projects, especially ones which do not sideline youths.
“Development projects in the country need to be distributed fairly. Sabah, being a very large state, deserves attention.
“However, based on statistics, there are insufficient job opportunities in Sabah and the unemployment rate among young people is higher than the national average.
“There must be greater focus in developing Sabah. When we invest in Sabah, Malaysia as a whole will benefit,” he said.
Syed Saddiq was speaking to reporters after paying a courtesy call to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Bersatu Youth Chief said he and the Sabah leader discussed youth development programmes and establishing strong ties between Bersatu and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), among other topics, during their meeting.
On infrastructure development in the state, he told reporters that problematic constructions will be reviewed, and there should be open tenders for projects.
Syed Saddiq later met with Deputy Home Minister cum Warisan Youth chief Azis Jamman; and Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Deputy Minister cum Warisan Wirawati chief Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.