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Sabah exemplifies the concept of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’, says Liew

KOTA KINABALU: After a month of fasting, prayer and alms-giving, Hari Raya is a time of rejoicing and festivity, said former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

The Tawau MP cum Api Api Assemblywoman said Hari Raya is one of the festivities which offer a great opportunity for all Malaysians to celebrate the joyous occasion, irrespective of their colour and faith.

Liew stressed that solidarity is the hallmark of Malaysians in Sabah as the state truly exemplifies the concept of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ (or Malaysian Family) as espoused by the Government.

This characteristic of multi-racial unity, she said, has been acknowledged by national leaders who believe in taking a leaf from Sabah’s book when it comes to the challenging issue of promoting and maintaining unity and peace in the country.

Liew recalled that decades ago, Peninsular Malaysians were sent to Sabah under the national integration programme to study and observe our recipe for multi-racial and multi-religious harmony without any cultural barriers.

With the easing of Covid-19-related travel restrictions, she said the celebratory mood should be merrier this year as family members, who were separated previously, can now reunite to strengthen family bonds.

In her Hari Raya message, Liew said : “Given Sabah’s potpourri of races and cultures, it is an age-old tradition for all communities to come together in a spirit of goodwill to extend good wishes to our Muslim brotherhood and sisterhood, and to partake of the feasts prepared by our hosts.

“It is also a time to make new friends, renew friendship ties and exchange notes with one another in a happy atmosphere.

“May the blessings of Aidilfitri be showered upon the Muslim community. I wish all Muslimin and Muslimat ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri’.”

She took the opportunity to once again thank all medical and enforcement frontliners for their sacrifices in saving lives and preserving law and order during the trying times of 2020 and 2021.

On another note, Liew said the people of Sabah, particularly disadvantaged groups, look forward to better times from the perspectives of bread and butter, employment, economic benefits from the State’s development projects, healthcare as well as sufficient laptops and improved Internet accessibility for rural children.

“We are not living in a primitive age. With modernity and advancements, children in the interior having to dice with danger daily as they make their way to school should be a thing of the past. 

“Similarly, we don’t want to see a repeat of situations where the sick had to be placed in a buffalo cart to be taken out of the village and sent to the hospital.

“And at one stage, for want of proper infrastructure, rural folks were forced to travel from one place to another by moving in self-made trolleys on railway tracks in a remote part of Sabah,” she added.