KOTA KINABALU: A strongly united people is key for Malaysia to achieve the status of a fully-developed nation, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
He said the government’s efforts in developing the country towards that goal would only be possible through national unity.
“Unity and harmony are the pillars of a country’s success. Any outside attempt to sow mistrust among our multi-racial community can only then be prevented,” he said when launching the second day of the 11th Gaya Christmas festival themed ‘Unity Night’ here last night.
The event was organised by the Sabah Council of Churches (SCS) and Kota Kinabalu City Hall.
Kurup warned of the dangers of sentiments and sensitive issues raised by certain groups and individuals to create dissension among the people for their own agenda.
“I wish to remind everyone not to be so easily influenced by information disseminated via the Internet. Use the social media positively and wisely. The government will continue to work together with the people in ensuring that Malaysia remains a united country,” he said.
The minister praised the collaborative effort by City Hall, SCS and government agencies in organising the Gaya Christmas festival which he believes has the potential to elevate Kota Kinabalu to a tourist destination of a global level.
“This is evidenced by the recent voting of KK by CEI Asia (a tourism and travel publication) readers as one of the best resort destinations along the likes of Bali and Phuket,” he said. – BERNAMA