‘STAND UNITED

‘De­velop pa­tri­o­tism to thwart at­tacks on na­tion’

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OLIVIA MIWIL SANDAKAN news@nst.com.my

EN­E­MIES of the na­tion will not dare at­tack or bring down the govern­ment if Malaysians cul­ti­vate a strong sense of pa­tri­o­tism.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day said with such a self­less spirit, cit­i­zens would do their best to de­fend the coun­try and al­low for con­tin­ued progress.

Na­jib said the op­po­si­tion’s tagline, “Sabah for Saba­hans”, would not hold wa­ter, and pledged that he would do his best for the state at the Ek­spresi Ne­garaku pro­gramme here.

He said a lot had been done for Sabah, such as beef­ing up se­cu­rity via the Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand (Ess­com), and the Pan-Bor­neo High­way project.

He said in­dus­tries in the state’s east coast, whose im­age was tar­nished due to the Sulu in­tru­sion in 2013, had pros­pered due to ef­forts by the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

“We have been giv­ing yearly al­lo­ca­tions to Ess­com, and this year, we spent RM323 mil­lion on Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Ess­zone) op­er­a­tions.

“Sabah has been the big­gest re­cip­i­ent of the 11th Malaysian Plan roll­out with RM9 bil­lion al­lo­cated.

“That is equiv­a­lent to 10.3 per cent of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s bud­get.

“For Sabah, we have done more than what peo­ple ex­pected. For ex­am­ple, the Pan-Bor­neo High­way has a RM12.8 bil­lion al­lo­ca­tion and is in its first phase.

“The sec­ond and third phases will fol­low, and the whole project is ex­pected to cost more than RM20 bil­lion. There are more things to come.”

Na­jib said Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman would meet him reg­u­larly to dis­cuss the needs of the peo­ple.

Some 30,000 peo­ple turned up for the event aimed at pro­vid­ing a plat­form for the peo­ple to ex­press their love of the coun­try.

Na­jib men­tioned how fallen po­lice­man Su­per­in­ten­dent Ibrahim Le­bar did not think twice about de­fend­ing Malaysian sovereignty when re­spond­ing to the threat of in­trud­ers in Kam­pung Simunul, Sem­porna, in 2013.

“He was un­for­tu­nate as there was an in­sider, a col­league who tipped off the in­trud­ers,” he said of the am­bush where Ibrahim, from Penin­su­lar Malaysia, was among six po­lice­men killed by terrorists.

“His sac­ri­fice saw him leav­ing be­hind his wife and chil­dren.

“It is a shame that a good Malaysian died due to an in­di­vid­ual who has no love for the coun­try and is will­ing to be in ca­hoots with the en­emy.

“That is why we need to be united, so no one can threaten the land of Sabah.”

BER­NAMA PIC

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman (sec­ond from left) and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (sec­ond from right) wav­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang at the Ek­spresi Ne­garaku pro­gramme in Sandakan yes­ter­day.

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