Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the federal government gives its assurance that it will hand over the empowerment rights of Sarawak to the state government.
He, however, said it would be done only through discussions with the state BN headed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“I understand Sarawak wants partnership with the federal government, to be independent within Malaysia. We want to take care of Sarawak’s feelings; thus, their rights will be preserved.
“I don’t want to take away their rights. We will discuss this nicely and review all the laws that were agreed upon during the formation of Malaysia,” he said at the leaders-meet-the-people session at Bintulu Civic Centre yesterday. More than 15,000 attended the gathering.
On the proposed Batang Lupar bridge project, which would be the longest in the country upon completion, Najib said it would be built to boost coastal development in the state.
“The financing is to be done jointly by the federal government and state government. The federal government will contribute 50 per cent and state government 50 per cent.
“I don’t know about the cost. If Sg Sadong bridge cost around RM211 million with a total of