KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional’s government policies ensure that people of all races enjoy freedom in education, religious and cultural developments, said Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Datuk Teo Chee Kang.
“We celebrate racial and cultural diversity in the State,” he said in his Chinese New Year message.
Teo, who is also the Minister of Special Tasks, said the key to governing a country based on moderation is mutual respect, which underlies the Barisan Nasional’s spirit of consensus and consultation.
“Since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak assumed office, he has continued to practise open-mindedness, fairness and moderation in government policies.
“He is the driving force behind a series of transformation programmes to bring our nation and people towards Vision 2020.
“His political ideology is not only well received in Malaysia, but also widely recognized in the global arena,” he said.
Teo said Najib believes in mutual respect and understanding among different religions and cultures, to find common grounds for all to share in order to create a harmonious society.
“It is pointless to talk about our country’s development and future without racial harmony.”
On the other hand, Teo said our State’s economy is growing steadily under the able leadership of our Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.
“Notably, the three major sectors in Sabah, namely oil and gas, aquaculture and tourism have grown by leaps and bounds,” he pointed out.
Malaysia will certainly feel the repercussions from the drop in world oil prices, uncertainty in global economy and weakening of the Ringgit, Teo said, but he believes that Sabah can maintain steady growth with our strong economy fundamentals.
“Furthermore, our State Government has successfully attracted foreign investments to accelerate the economic progress of Sabah.
“The Barisan Nasional Government has made sure that none of the development plans in Sabah would be affected despite the recent revision of the National Budget 2015,” he assured.
On another note, Teo said there have been several narrow-minded individuals who deliberately played on educational, religious and racial issues, which gave rise to social tension.
“In this new year, I truly hope that we can go back to the basics upon which our nation was built, to practise mutual respect, understanding and tolerance.
He went on to wish all his Chinese friends a Happy New Year on behalf of LDP.- Sayangsabah