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KOTA KINABALU: Three Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) leaders offered each other the hand of unity in a long awaited encounter, symbolising their resolve to help Barisan Nasional win the 13th general election.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup shook hands at a ceremony to hand over RM4.5mil in goods to heads of churches in Sabah here.
In what is seen as a show of solidarity, they are bent on working together to ensure victory for Barisan led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“It's interesting to see all three party leaders together again, particularly for a noble cause. The handing over of aid to churches is a good sign for us.
“As far as unity is concerned, there is nothing impossible that we can look forward to in future,” Pairin said.
Pairin said that such collaboration was timely and appropriate to further strengthen relations between the three Barisan component parties.
“This is on top of efforts undertaken by the Government and hopefully something good will come out of it,” he said.
Dompok said that although the three leaders had met numerous times during their course of work as federal and state ministers, this was the first time the three parties had really focused on unity to achieve the common goal of helping churches in Sabah.
Asked whether the meeting of the three KDM leaders was a good omen for Barisan, Kurup agreed, hoping such collaboration would continue for other programmes, including the distribution of rubber seedlings to rural folk.
Upko secretary-general Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said the programme was initiated by the three parties.
He said the RM4.5mill worth of goods, collected through sponsorship, would be distributed to 12 churches in Sabah, depending on the needs of the congregation.
These churches include the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Basel Christian Church, Sidang Injil Borneo, Calvary Charismatic Centre, Sabah Methodist Church, Sabah Evangelical Mission, Protestant Church of Sabah, Grace Chapel, Sabah Baptist Association, Seventh Day Adventist and True Jesus Church. - Bernama
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