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RM1 billion allocation can help strengthen security: Rep
Published on: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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RM1 billion allocation can help strengthen security: Rep
Norazlinah said as the people’s representative, she felt that border infrastructure was the main issue that the people of Sabah and Sarawak were concerned about.
KUNAK: Kunak Assemblywoman Norazlinah Arif said the RM1 billion allocation to upgrade Sabah and Sarawak’s border infrastructure was proof of the federal Unity Government’s determination to ensure that all citizens have equal access in terms of public funds as well as infrastructural, economic and social growth.

She said both Sabah and Sarawak’s respective positions would also be further boosted with them being accorded region status.

She added that the move would also further strengthen the perception and support of the people in both states towards the ideology of the Malaysia Madani administration.

“The RM1 billion allocation is the initial step that is expected to have positive implications for the economic and social development of the people of Sabah and Sarawak in a short period.

“At the same time, the effort will further strengthen the security of our people in the areas along the border of Malaysia and Kalimantan which will become the new capital of Indonesia,” she said in a statement.

Norazlinah, who is also Parti Warisan Wanita Chief, said as the people’s representative, she felt that border infrastructure was the main issue that the people of Sabah and Sarawak were concerned about.

“The development of Indonesia’s new administrative centre, Nusantara, in Kalimantan involves a cost of RM135 billion (466 trillion rupiahs). Although it will stimulate the economy on the border of Sabah and Sarawak, it also brings with it various economic and social risks.

“Illegal smuggling, human trafficking, as well as various other threats that also come with rapid economic development are feared will bring harm to the local community.

“Therefore, an efficient and effective border infrastructure following the allocation will mitigate the risk,” she said.

Norazlinah added that issues of foreign invasion at the waters of Sabah and Sarawak, in the South China Sea, should also be given focus by the Federal Government.

She said a series of invasions by China’s security and maritime forces have been occurring for a long time and are becoming more frequent, affecting the economy and society of Sabah and Sarawak’s people.

She also claimed that Chinese warships had reportedly entered the waters of Sabah and Sarawak over 89 times in the past few years with almost no control or proactive action from the Defence or Foreign Affairs Ministry.

“This has harmed the oil and gas industry, the fishing industry and the tourism industry in Sabah and Sarawak,” she said, adding that there were many cases of the Chinese Coast Guard vessels encroaching into the Exclusive Economic Zone in Sabah, threatening Petronas’ oil and gas exploration operations in the area.

“Therefore, I hope the Unity Government will continue to commit to serving the people, especially in defending the nation’s sovereignty as well as the security on the coast of Sabah and Sarawak from any foreign threats.”

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