Happy with Ministers’ performance
Published on: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
By: Ottey Peter
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KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, stressed that he is happy with the performance of the Federal Ministers from Sabah. 

 He said as Federal Ministers their priority is the country and it is normal that they will highlight issues that are relevant and concern Sabah and their respective constituencies during  Cabinet meetings.

 He believed that the Federal Ministers do raise issues for the good of the country as a whole, and of course the interests of Sabah would have a different platform which can be raised in the committees on the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We have frequent meetings with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but I could not discuss it because the meetings are still ongoing. I hope those issues which we have realised will be announced soon,” he said, when asked if he is happy with their performances, after opening the Sutera Harbour Marina and Country Club’s National Day celebration, Monday.

Mohd Shafie also said it is important for all Malaysians to work together to build the nation, regardless of their differences. 

 “I think this is what is important for us…that is we build this country. Whatever differences we have in views should not deter us, Malaysians, to work harder.

“Whatever voices we need to raise, it is for the betterment of the country,” he said.  He also reiterated that the State Government will ban controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik if there is clear evidence of religious extremism.

 He is still awaiting a full report from the state religious department before making any decision. 

 “Rest assured, we have passed a motion during the last assembly, a new ordinance to install a very moderate kind of approach on how Islam must be taught and spread.

“You cannot force people to believe what you believe in, there must be a moderation. This is between you and God,” he said, after opening a National Day event organised by Sutera Harbour, Monday.

 He said if people want propagate their religion, they must do it the right way but do not sneer or belittle other people. People must live in harmony, he added.

Meanwhile, Shafie said that Sabahans must play their part in developing the State to ensure that the future generation will earn a better living.

 He said that everyone has their own role to play, irrespective of race and religion.

 “We know our roles and responsibilities towards the development of this country and to ensure that we (Sabahan) need contribute for the betterment of our State.

“During the British governance, they have installed a well-structured system and we just need to improvise it, but of course the intention is quite clear because they were here to colonise us.

 “But now that we have gained our independence, we need to maintain the stability of this developing state as we are the ones who will govern this state,” he said.

 Shafie said there is nothing more important than to see all people united and able to harmonise, integrate and talk in terms of the common objective of a better Malaysia for all.

He is convinced that people need one another regardless of race and religion and it is time for everyone to be better and contribute more to the State.

  “The Dusun grow vegetables, the Chinese set up shops and everyone has their own role to play,” he said.

Also present were Chief Minister’s Wife Datin Seri Syuryani Datuk Shuaib, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Christina Liew, Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, Youth and Sports Minister Ginger Phoong Jin Zhe and Sutera Harbour Resort Chief Executive Officer, Gilbert Ee.


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