KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman attributed the state’s peace, prosperity and progress to a stable government.
“A fragile government would not make it possible for us to enjoy what we have today. We need the people’s support to ensure all government policies and programmes are successfully carried out in the state particularly in safeguarding the interests of future generations,” he said at the launch of the 11th Annual Gaya Christmas Celebration Festival at Lintasan Deasoka on Tuesday night.
Musa’s speech was read by his deputy Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
The four-day festival themed ‘Love Came Down’ is organised by the Kota Kinabalu City Hall and Sabah Council of Churches (SCC).
Musa said being able to co-exist harmoniously in a society with a diverse cultural and religious background like Sabah had enabled the people to celebrate every festive celebration in peace and with tolerance.
“This is one of the factors that make Sabah a good example on how people of different races and religion can live alongside one another with respect and in harmony.
“The biggest hurdle to unity is a negative attitude towards the other. I believe through the Christmas celebration we have every year, there is no
barrier to solidarity, spirit of goodwill and understanding that has existed among us all this time,” he said.
At the event, a charity campaign was also launched to collect donation for four charity homes in Sabah.
Other activities include a firework display, choirs by members of KK City Hall, a nativity skit, street carolling and stage performances, as well as
presentation of Christmas tokens by Pairin’s wife, Puan Sri Genevieve Kitingan to 60 children. – BERNAMA