Liew addressing the gathering at the MPT Courtyard
TAWAU: Sabah is truly a shining example of a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious state where people from different backgrounds live in peace and harmony.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew reiterated that this is a special feature of the State, among other aspects.
“Such characteristic is clearly reflected in the diverse composition of Sabah’s population. We boast an unparalleled mixture of 32 indigenous ethnic groups and over 200 sub-indigenous ethnic groups.
Unity marked by mutual respect for each other’s religion and culture will further strengthen national sovereignty and development for Sabah in particular and Tawau in general,” she said when officiating at the Tawau Municipal-level Malaysia Day 2019 celebration held at the Tawau Municipal Council (MPT) courtyard, Monday.
Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment cum MP for Tawau, noted that the presence of people from the various communities at the gathering was a manifestation of the rakyat’s commitment and spirit of nationalism.
On Malaysia Day’s theme “Sayangi Malaysiaku : Malaysia Bersih”, she said it is most apt as it shows the Government’s emphasis on fostering patriotism and reinforcing unity towards making Malaysia stay on track as a progressive nation.
At this juncture, the Minister paid tribute to the nation’s warriors and security forces for their sacrifices in safeguarding national unity and harmony as well as defending national integrity and sovereignty.
Liew also commended the Tawau-level National Month and Malaysia Day Celebration Committee led by MPT President Datuk Ir. Amrullah Kamal for spearheading the celebration.
Among those who attended were Assistant Minister of Finance, Saripuddin Hatta, Tanjung Batu Assemblywoman Datuk Hamisa Samat, Apas Assemblyman Datuk Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan, Head Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Tawau, Bapak Sulistijo Djati Ismojo Tawau District Chief OKK Akhmad Manggoh.
Also present were Police and Armed Forces, MPT Councillors, Heads of Federal and State Government Departments, village chiefs and community leaders.