Tunku lays foundation stone for Razak  monument
Published on: Monday, October 12, 1970

KINABALU SABAH TIMES (Monday, October 12, 1970) - SANDAKAN – Tunku Abdul Rahman (pic) said here the five monuments being built in Sabah in honour of Malaysian leaders are a symbol of the ties between West and East Malaysia.

He added that the monuments also showed the respect the people of Sabah had towards their leaders.

He was speaking at a foundation-stone laying ceremony yesterday for the monument here in honour of the Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak.

The Tunku said that Malaysia would continue to make progress as a result of close co-operation among its leaders.

He called on Malaysian leaders to work for the benefit of the people and for peace in the country.

They must also help to realise the aspirations of the people, the Tunku added.

Speaking at the same ceremony, the Chief Minister, Tun Datu Haji Musapha bin Datu Harun, said that monuments were built in recognition of the valuable services which the leaders had given.

The other four monuments are in honour of the Tunku, the Deputy Prime Minister, Tun (Dr) Ismail bin Dato Abd Rahman, the Minister of Finance, Tun Tan Siew Sin, and the Minister of Works, Posts and Telecommunications, Tun V.T, Sambanthan.

He described the Tunku and Tun Razak as two people who had made a success of the Malaysian concept.

In Tawau, the Tunku said that Malaysia was fortunate to have leaders who are honest and who understand the aims and aspirations of the people.

Speaking to a gathering at the residency here, he said: “Tun Abdul Razak is an honest leader and possesses wide administrative experience and the same goes for Sabah’s Chief Minister, Tun Datu Haji Mustapha.

“With the support of the people who are loyal the country, Malaysia will continue to progress.

The Tunku added that Malaysia came into being as a result of the wishes of the people of Sabah and Sarawak who were prepared to live and die within Malaysia.

If the people rallied behind the government and pledged undivided loyalty there was no threat which could destroy the country.

The Tunku said that he should visited Sabah before his retirement as Prime Minister to thank the people for their co-operation and support to the government.

Earlier, speaking to members of the armed forces at the Tawau Garrison, the Tunku said that their responsibilities were heavy as they were entrusted to safeguard the country.

The Tunku was presented with a miniature sterling gun and a drawing of a monument of those who died at Kalabakan during Indonesian confrontation. – Bernama


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