LABUAN – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili has paid tribute to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for bringing what he said was greater unity and rapid development in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said Najib had done a lot for Sabah and Sarawak.
“Under his leadership, the Barisan Nasional became a successful coalition that allows for parties representing all the races to discuss issues and resolve problems,â€ he said at the Labuan PBS Division annual general meeting here yesterday.
He said the party would continue to work with Najib to develop Sabah and for the peopleâ€™s unity.
Ongkili said that after Najib became the prime minister, he allowed freedom of speech (by revoking the Internal Security Act).
â€œWe must preserve national unity and peace in the country; prevent any threat to national unity and elements that potentially create racial polarisation and the break-up of the federation of Malaysia,” he said.
He also stressed the PBS core struggle of creating a united Malaysia and continuing to fight for the stateâ€™s rights and for the federation of Malaysia.
â€œPBS fights for the preservation of the Malaysian race and, although we may not always agree on how the country is to be developed, we have always been faithful to our struggle for a better Malaysia. PBS will always stay true to its fight for the state rights of Sabah and for the federation of Malaysia,â€ he said.
Ongkili, who is the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, said the burning of flags and stomping on photographs of leaders at the recent Bersih 4 rally were not a part of Malaysian culture.
“We must be wary of such acts and not allow them to become our culture,” he said. – BERNAMA