KOTA BELUD – Political stability is an important prerequisite for a nation to continue to develop and remain competitive, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said political stability would enable a country to remain peaceful and harmonious and allow the ruling government to focus on planning and implementing various policies including agricultural development in the interests of all the people.
“Some countries do not have many of the facilities that we have in ours because they do not have short- and long-term plans to address problems in the agricultural sector.
“But, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), in Malaysia, we plan everything well. We are able to do this because our economic position is strong. If the government does not have enough funds, if the government does not plan and manage its finances well, we will not have funds to help our people,” he said.
Salleh, who is also the UMNO treasurer, spoke at the handing over of aid from the Paddy Disaster Fund, totalling RM730,429, to 366 paddy farmers who were affected by the floods in Kota Belud in October last year. -BERNAMA