KOTA KINABALU: Leaders in Sabah have their own wishlist for the future that includes hope for unity to prevail and that the country’s top leaders honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
State Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick hoped that the country would remain true to the spirit of its formation and for every Malaysians to work together as one, keeping in mind the Rukunegara.
“I am among the many people who dream for a big family called Malaysians to really live up to the spirit of unity in diversity, yet internationally competent in every aspect of the modern world, ” he said.
Ewon, who is from Upko, said they should pursue their rights which were accorded through MA63 signed by Malaysia’s founding fathers.
“Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as the Prime Minister now has a second chance to honour and deliver what is due to Sabah, ” he said.
Karanaan assemblyman Datuk Masidi Manjun of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia hoped Malaysians could focus less on partisan politics.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew’s prayer for Malaysia Day is for a more united nation with an improved economy, happier people, and more jobs especially for the youth and more affordable housing.
Moyog assemblyman Jenifer Lasimbang of Parti Warisan Sabah said that for generations, Sabahans had led a good example to all fellow Malaysians and showcased their unity in diversity despite their differences in race, religion and backgrounds.
“Despite our differences, we have mutual respect, love and care for everyone and the environment, ” she said.