TAMBUNAN: Quarrels over religion and race are a waste of time as it will not benefit Sabahans, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Chief Minister said it was more important to debate on “how to earn money” and bring more developments and progress to the state for the betterment of future generations.
In his first visit to the opposition-held Tambunan district, Shafie said there was no use bickering over such issues when the youth had no job, money, land or house.
“We are all Sabahans and must not divide ourselves as Muslims or Christians, Dusun or Bajau, Kadayan or any other ethnicity.
“Inside our hearts we all love our religion and race. This is between us and God.
“Sabah needs to be united to develop and move forward. If we are divided, we cannot bring progress to the state,” Shafie said at a meet-the-people session in his working visit to the Kadazandusun heartland on Saturday.
The Tambunan seat is held by Opposition Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who defeated his elder brother Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the former Parti Bersatu Sabah president.
Shafie, an ethnic Bajau from east coast Semporna, told the interior folk that he was Chief Minister for all Sabahans and not for one race only.
“I went to St Theresa church to find out the needs of the people. There is nothing wrong in me visiting a church. I did not go there to pray.
“I went there to see the building and listen to the needs of the faithful,” he said, adding that he approved RM1mil for the refurbishment of the church.
In Tambunan, Shafie performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the Native Court building and opened the RM19mil Tambunan Community College.
He also approved an allocation of RM40,000 for two orphanages and distributed 339 native land titles to villagers.