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CM: Sabahans don't talk about religion or race

Published on: Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tenom: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman called on the people in the State to preserve the mutual understanding and culture of respecting one another that had existed among them, for the sake of unity.

He cited the practice of celebrating the various traditional and religious festivities together in a harmonious environment, "which must continue and be further encouraged".

He stressed that unity held the key to the government's success in implementing development projects for the benefit of the people.

"Don't talk about religion or race. It is not a hindrance for us here in Sabah. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had urged us, while launching the Parti Bersatu Sabah congress to maintain what we have long been practising here and not to ever let undesirable elements or the opposition to mislead the people into thinking they were being oppressed.

"I too have many relatives in Keningau who are not of my religion.

Yet we are still a family, no problem. That's the uniqueness and beauty of living in Sabah," he said, while launching the district level Pesta Kaamatan and Tamu besar here attended by 10,000 people.

Also present were Deputy CM Datuk Yahya Hussin, State Rural Development Minister Datuk Radin Malleh, State Infrastructure Development Assistant Minister Datuk Bobbey Suan, Tenom Member of Parliament Datuk Raime Unggi and Tenom District Officer Madiyem Layappan.

Meanwhile, Musa who is also Finance Minister said the Government would continue to bring development to the interior areas such as Tenom.

"In Tenom and Kemabong alone, there are four Mini Estet Sejahtera (MESEJ) rubber projects that are being developed at a cost of about RM8 million to improve the livelihood of the lower income group and lift them out of the poverty bracket," he said.

Musa said three bridges were being built in Tenom including Jambatan Nantanduan costing about RM14.9 million, which would potentially link the Murut Cultural Centre and Lagud Seberang Agricultural Park.

Musa also announced an immediate allocation of RM370,000 to upgrade and repair Dewan Sri Antanom here.