Shafie: Vital to strengthen unity despite differences

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has launched the Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign with calls to strengthen unity amid racial, cultural, social and political differences.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said a nation without unity and one that put differences above good values would fall any time.

“This can be seen in many past civilisations, and even in today’s scenario, where powerful governments crumble due to disunity and chaos within the country,” he said yesterday.

Shafie said Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign was about the identity of the nation, a reminder of why it (the name) was introduced for the first time in 1995 – to unite the people for the betterment of the nation.

“We need to ignite the spirit of patriotism within each one of us because humans tend to forget and take for granted many things,.

“That is why we need to be reminded of how we got this far as an independent nation,” Shafie said.

He said Malaysians, regardless of which state they are in, where they are living – in villages or cities – must come together to make this country a better place for the younger generation.

He said social media and external influence were among the challenges faced in instilling patriotism and good values among youth.

“That is why we must keep on instilling good values on our children so that there will be a chance for them to benefit from what we have been struggling for,” Shafie said.

He added that Sabah also had its own challenges but was confident of that overcoming the hurdles.

“Now we can see more investors expressing interest in Sabah. Our tourism industry is also slowly reviving, thanks to domestic visitors,” he said.

Shafie said with such positive developments, the people’s welfare would be taken care of.

“This is our focus – development. That is why unity is very important,” he said.

Towards this end, he urged Sabahans to practise social distancing and good hygiene as the nation continues to fight against Covid-19.

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