Its chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor said having a wider perspective and far-sighted thinking would only foster closer state-federal relations which would eventually lead to better development for the state.
He said parochial slogans such as “Sabah for Sabahans” used by certain political parties were mere political rhetoric to fish for the people’s support.
“The people of Sabah want continuous prosperity and development apart from peace, security, unity and harmony from the government.
“This can only be achieved through close and strong ties between the federal and state governments,” he said during a Sabah Bersatu leadership programme in Sipitang on Saturday.
Sabah Bersatu, said Hajiji, was supportive of the effort to defend and get back the rights of Sabah as enshrined in Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“As Malaysian citizens in Sabah, we too have responsibilities to the country and that is why we need to have a ‘Sabah for Malaysia’ mindset,” he said.
This was important so that Sabah could progress and compete at global level, he added.
“Therefore, the time has come for us to think from a wider perspective and be far-sighted for the sake of the future of Sabah so that it will continue to progress.
“More so, especially now that we are confronted by various problems, including the large presence of illegal immigrants in the state,” the Sulaman assemblyman told reporters here.
In this respect, Hajiji urged party members to always play their role and be at the frontline if there were parties wanting to harm the good relations between the state and federal governments.
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