Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Don't be split over dates, years

Kota Marudu: Malaysia may have its challenges, but the people should feel blessed to be citizens of the country.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister-cum-PBS acting President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said not many countries in the world possess the potential, heritage and resources like we do..

The unity of the people and the patriotism spirit is also in line with Parti Bersatu Sabah's slogan.

Speaking at the Kota Marudu District Level Independence Day Celebration, here, Tuesday, the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament also reminded the people the importance of appreciating both the nation and state's history, particularly on the subject of Malaysia's independence in East and West Malaysia.

"It is written in history books that Peninsular Malaysia gained its independence 60 years ago, while Sabah and Sarawak are celebrating its 54th independence."

Ongkili noted that the differences in the length of independence gained should not deter them to think similarly as Malaysians.

"In any case, Sabahans shouldn't have a problem with the date Aug 31. According to records, the then Governor-General of North Borneo, Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode lowered down the British Union Jack on a frigate in Jesselton Harbour on Aug 31, 1963.

"This marked the Independence of North Borneo from British rule, albeit just for 15 days till the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16."

He further called on the people to not let the differences of date and years divide them.

"That's why we have two National Day celebrations. These are Independence Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16. These events are intended to accommodate and value two historic milestones in our nation-building journey.

"Lets use these celebrations to strengthen unity and forge nationalism rather than creating division by exploiting historical differences," said Ongkili.

He said it was vital for Malaysians to remain united, be visionary and take on the challenges that we face as we compete with the rest of the world.

"Spend more time in moving forward and appreciate each other. Move towards solidarity and togetherness as we pursue our national goals, as lined up in TN50, an initiative to plan for the future of Malaysia in the period 2020 to 2050," Ongkili said.

TN50, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in an initiative that plans from the vision of becoming a developed nation, and strives to be amongst the top countries in the world in economic development, citizen well-being and innovation.

Source : dailyexpress