Sarawak’s decision 53 years ago to be part of Malaysia was one of the state’s wisest decisions, Chief Minister Adenan Satem said yesterday.
Among the reasons were the defence of the state by peninsula security forces against communist terrorists and from Indonesian President Sukarno’s Confrontation policy.
Speaking at Malaysia Day celebrations at the old airport site here last night, Adenan said: “We were defenceless at the time of the formation of Malaysia in 1963. We did not have the security forces to defend us.
“The Malay Regiment and the Malaysian Rangers fought for us and released us from the clutches of the communists and Sukarno,” he said.
He said this must be acknowledged as part and parcel of the state’s history.
However, although Sarawak enjoyed great development and progress, he said there was still some catching up to do with peninsular states.
Adenan also paid tribute to Prime Minister Najib Razak for being very sympathetic to the state’s needs, and pointed out that he had made more than 60 visits since becoming premier.