Abdullah: Overcome obstacles through unity

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Nov 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made his first trip here as Prime Minister, telling Sabahans that all obstacles and challenges could be overcome through unity. 

Welcomed by a large crowd holding banners and party flags at Terminal Two here yesterday, Abdullah said in a brief thank you speech that the spirit of brotherhood displayed by the people augured well for the country in facing any obstacle. 

“With the strength that comes from brotherhood and a strength that comes from good co-operation, I am confident there is no challenge we can’t face together,” he said. 

Telling them he would be visiting not only Kota Kinabalu but other districts in future, he said that the Government would ensure that development was implemented in the state although it was far away from the peninsula. 

Abdullah made it clear he was glad to make the trip during Ramadan to meet Barisan Nasional and Umno leaders. 

“Although some of them are not Muslims, we can still break fast together and such occasions give me an opportunity to chat with them. We are not strangers, we are old comrades,” he said. 

Later, he broke fast with about 4,000 people after giving out aid to the poor and needy. 

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