Barisan Nasional (BN) Member of Parliament for Sepanggar Datuk Eric Majimbun said the Federal Government has not been giving much concentration to Sabah and Sarawak in term of development.
Majimbun, who is Deputy President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), a Sabah-based BN component member, called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdulah Ahmad Badawi to revive the Ministry of Special Affairs for Sabah and Sarawak.
He said the ministry was created when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore together with the Federation of Malaya formed Malaysia in 1963. The ministry was later abolished and development for Sabah and Sarawak was placed under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.
Majimbun, who was Kota Kinabalu City Native Court's chief judge before entering politics, said reviving the ministry was vital considering the size of Sarawak alone is bigger than all the States in Peninsula Malaysia put together.
I hope Majimbun will raise this matter when the Prime Minister visit Sabah and have a special meeting with Sabah leaders in a date yet to be fixed this month.