PITAS: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has stressed that the Government’s “turun padang” programme or going to the ground to meet the people with a view to solving their problems was not seasonal, but a constant practice of the Barisan Nasional Government leaders.
In fact, Musa said, “turun padang” had been in practice all this while, regardless of the occasion, whether or not there was a general elections on the cards.
“We must realise that we are in power or become elected representatives because of the people’s support. So, we must not forget, we must not be arrogant and snobbish with the people.
“What is important, as leaders, is to be close to the people,” he said after launching the Bengkoka and Kaamatan Festival at Dataran Bengkoka, here, Sunday.
Also present were Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, Deputy Defence Minister and Kudat MP Abdul Rahim Bakri and state Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail.
Musa said the Barisan Government was caring of the people’s needs and would endeavour continuously to meet those needs as fast as possible, although some projects would need more time to be implemented.
Earlier, in his speech, Musa praised Sabah’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society for choosing to co-exist peacefully amid the diversity.
Musa reminded the people not to be easily swayed by divisive elements because discord and conflicts would not benefit anyone, and in fact the people would stand to lose as the implementation of development programmes could be derailed.
On the Bengkoka and Kaamatan Festival in Pitas, Musa said it was not just a cultural event that brought the leaders and people closer together, but also an attraction for domestic and foreign tourists to Sabah.He said many foreign tourists repeatedly visited Sabah because they were also drawn to the people’s friendliness, and not just the state’s beautiful natural environment. – Bernama