KUCHING, 13 Feb 2009: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised the minority bumiputera community that they will not be marginalised in the nation’s march towards development.
He said that although the progress and development of these communities had not been monitored, their views would always be taken into account in the drawing up of policies.
“They feel that their views and input should be taken into consideration in government policies,” he told reporters after meeting the executive committee of the Sarawak Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today.
Najib, who is expected to become prime minister in just a month, is on a three-day visit to Sarawak which ends today.
At the meeting this morning, he said the Dayak community business leaders brought up several matters which required the federal and state governments’ attention.
“They are looking at certain sectors like tourism and agro-based industries. The meeting was cordial and useful. All their feedback will be included in the mini budget,” said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.
The government tabled a RM7 billion economic stimulus package in November last year to cushion the impact of the global economic slowdown.
However, this was deemed insufficient, thus the mini budget, which will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on 10 March. — Bernama