Help Covid fight and promote unity efforts: CM
Published on: Sunday, March 07, 2021
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Juhar presenting the first prize to Mohd Ayub witnessed by Hajiji and Ariffin.
Kota Kinabalu: Datuk Seri Hajij Noor  urged the people to avoid fake news on social media that could derail the Government’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“It is important to remember, we are still fighting the pandemic even as the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is being implemented in Sabah,” stressed Hajiji. 

Delivering his speech at the state-level Al-Quran Recital Ceremony, the Chief Minister reminded the public to be more cautious when getting information from unverified sources.

“We hope all parties can work together to find relevant approaches to help our state overcome this crisis and not make the situation more complicated,”he said. 

To spur the state’s development, Hajiji pointed the government’s Halatuju Sabah Maju Jaya roadmap which identified human capital as a key factor with increased focus on the knowledge and skills development. The Halatuju Sabah Maju Jaya Plan (2021-2025) is an initiative of the state government to initiate the state’s economic recovery that has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The state-level Al Quran Recital and Hafazan (Memorisation) competition culminated with Imam Mohd Ayub Maidi, 33 and university student Nadhirah Syazwani Sapari being adjudged winners for the Qari and Qariah contest. 

Both received their prizes from Head of State, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. 

Hajiji also underlined the importance of unity among Sabah’s diverse peoples that forms the rich multicultural fabric and prevailing peace and harmony in the state. 

“Let us learn to live together by promoting understanding and accepting each other’s differences in various aspects,” he said.

Highlighting such virtues can be further achieved by increasing understanding of the ‘Fiqh Sabahi’ concept of the Sunnah Wal Jamaah which is the main Islamic teaching practised in the country. 

To fulfil the government’s aspiration to a develop a progressive ummah, Hajiji noted greater efforts are needed to promote a research culture based on knowledge, creativity and innovation. 

He reminded Muslims that the holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 1400 years ago not only to be recited but for followers to study and understand fully.   Among those who attended the event included State Special Tasks Minister, Datuk Haji Ariffin Arif. 


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