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Hajiji is Sabah Father of Unity: MP
Published on: Monday, February 19, 2024
By: Lagatah Toyos
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Hajiji is Sabah Father of Unity: MP
Lo (centre) and others beating the drums as a symbol of the opening of the celebration.
TAWAU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor deserves to be called the Sabah Father of Unity considering his contribution and role in strengthening unity among the people.

Tawau MP, Datuk Lo Su Fui said, there is no denying that past leaders  do emphasise unity, however, Hajiji is seen as more forward thinking.

Lo said that under the leadership of Hajiji, he sees every citizen, regardless of their backgrounds, was given help and donations without much questions needed, including donations to celebrate their respective festivals.

“He often advises us not to be partial in giving consideration (donations) based on need, rather than the applicant’s racial background, religion or political ideology.

“I saw for myself that he helped regardless of whether they were government supporters or otherwise when I was appointed as a Special Officer to him three years ago,” he said this in conjunction with the Tawau Parliament 2024 Chinese New Year Festival celebrations at the Tawau Community Hall.

The festival, which was graced with various performances such as lion and dragon dances and singing, was attended by nearly 5,000 people of various races and religions.

Also present were Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship, Datuk Andi Muhammad Suryady Bandy, Balung assemblyman, Datuk Hamild Awang, Kukusan Assemblywoman, Datuk Rina Jainal, Sri Tanjong Assemblyman, Justin Wong and Head of Indonesian Consulate Representative in Tawau, Heni Hamidah.

Touching on the festival, Lo described the celebration of many people from various backgrounds as symbolic of the people’s appreciation to the “Sabah value”.

“This is our uniqueness in Sabah and Sarawak...we don’t need to be invited to celebrate Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Christmas and so on because we celebrate it together in a harmonious atmosphere.

“And this is the value of Sabah which has become the culture and practice of the people all this time,” he said.

Lo hopes that such value would continue to be a practice among the people.

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