KOTA KINABALU – Malaysia can stand proud as a nation that is made up of people from diverse backgrounds said the Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Musa Aman in his Chinese New Year 2015 message.
Musa said that unity and harmony are the pillars of progress and growth.
“It is my hope that we will continue to spread goodwill and express words of kindness to one another. Visiting one another during festivities is a way of life for Malaysians.”
“I am happy to note that we continue to uphold this tradition. This is the core of 1Malaysia, and I am proud that Sabah is truly a model for unity,” he said.
Musa reiterated the need for everyone to uphold harmony and to have mutual respect for all members of society.
“It is disheartening that there are irresponsible groups and individuals who are bent on destroying what Malaysia is built on. They have their own agendas and some of these groups can sound very convincing by playing on emotions,” he said.
He urged the people to remain vigilant and not to be drawn into actions that may lead to unnecessary tension, especially issues related to race and religion.
“There is no room for racial bigotry and religious discord in Sabah, and I pray that the prevailing harmony we have here will remain intact,” he said.
Musa also condemned the act of certain quarters to demand for Sabah to leave Malaysia saying that such acts are irresponsible.
“During this festive season, let us remember the less fortunate. Let us all close ranks and remain united. I hope that the New Year brings more prosperity and peace to the nation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Musa also touched on the concern of people on the rising costs of goods and services, despite lower fuel rates.
“The government is making every effort to ensure the situation is monitored well and steps are taken to reverse this trend,” he said.
He is also aware that the public is anxious about the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Musa assured that no one will take advantage of the tax scheme, ensuring that people will not find it difficult to make ends meet. – SayangSabah