Sabah government will always support cultural festivals of all races, says CM
KOTA KINABALU: The government of Sabah will continue to support the many cultural festivals and celebrations held by people of all races in the state, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said.
The Chief Minister said this was because the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) State Government is a tolerant government and encourages people of various races and religions here to preserve and maintain their traditions.
Hajiji said it goes to Chinese communities in Sabah, which like the rest of Malaysians have seen Lunar New Year celebrations canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
“So I’m sure this year is very special for all the celebrants,” he said at the launch of the Chinese New Year carnival in the city on Saturday evening (January 22).
He said apart from the cultural aspects, the state government will also ensure fair and equitable developments and care for all communities in Sabah.
To recap, Hajiji said the state has allocated more than RM48 million for various purposes to non-Muslim organizations, places of worship and vernacular schools.
He said various economic programs including the Sabah Maju Jaya initiative which would benefit all Sabahans have also been drawn up and are being implemented.
“I am convinced that with undivided support given to the government, we will be able to achieve what we have planned,” he said.
Earlier in the event, Hajiji presented a forged check for RM200,000 to the Federation of China Associations Sabah, represented by its president Tan Sri TC Goh.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, local community leaders and associations in Tuaran District will receive early ang pows from the state.
This follows an announcement that local Chinese community leaders (Kapitan) will receive RM2,000 each and associations RM5,000 each.
Hajiji said the Chinese New Year handout is a sign of the government’s care and appreciation for the district’s Chinese community.
The MP for Sulaman hopes this Lunar New Year of the Tiger will bring prosperity and healings to the state’s economy and its people.
“What is unique about the celebration in Sabah is that everyone can come together and celebrate regardless of race and religion,” he said.
On other issues, Hajiji plans to reopen international borders to allow more tourists to visit Sabah soon.
“When the borders are reopened, I’m sure tourism and other economic industries will pick up,” Hajiji said.