20 Points never dis­turbed

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

Malaysians them­selves do not un­der­stand Malaysia, said Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: Malaysians them­selves do not un­der­stand Malaysia, said Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.

“Malaysia should be an ex­am­ple to other coun­tries but sadly, Malaysians do not un­der­stand about Malaysia and they fight with each other be­cause they do not un­der­stand why Malaysia was es­tab­lished and why Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia.

“It is as if be­ing a part of Malaysia ex­cludes our rights. We, Sabah and Sarawak have a spe­cial po­si­tion in Malaysia and we in­deed have the 20 Points and they have never been dis­turbed.

“More­over, hav­ing many Saba­hans who hold higher po­si­tions not only in Sabah but also in the penin­su­lar, has also never been dis­turbed,” she said dur­ing her visit to the Sabah Women and Chil­dren Hos­pi­tal Likas on Malaysia Day.

Jainab also said one of the prob­lems in Sabah was that there were a lot of polemics where peo­ple won­dered why Hari Malaysia was not be­ing cel­e­brated.

She said the peo­ple should be thank­ful that Malaysia Day was now be­ing cel­e­brated and she hoped the peo­ple, re­gard­less of their race, re­li­gion or cul­ture would ap­pre­ci­ate In­de­pen­dence Day on Au­gust 31 and Malaysia Day on Septem­ber 16.

She said it was time for the peo­ple not to be too col­lo­quial by say­ing ‘Sabah for Saba­hans’ as Sabah is a part of Malaysia and it should be val­ued.

“We de­clared that Malaysia Day was to be cel­e­brated in Sarawak last year, while this year in Sabah to show that we cel­e­brated it to­gether.

“Malaysia was es­tab­lished 54 years ago which ini­tially con­sisted of the penin­su­lar, Sabah, Sarawak and Sin­ga­pore but Sin­ga­pore even­tu­ally left. Thus, the re­main­ing states should be ap­pre­ci­ated,” she said.

Mean­while, Sabah Women and Chil­dren Hos­pi­tal Likas di­rec­tor Dr Tan Bee Hwai said there were 16 babies (11 girls and five boys) born at the hos­pi­tal as of 1.30pm yes­ter­day and about seven moth­ers were still wait­ing in the labour rooms to de­liver.

“To­day we bring some gifts from the spon­sors such as Gi­ant Hyper­mar­ket, Aryssa and the min­istry for the moth­ers who de­liver on Malaysia Day and the Fire and Res­cue team is also with us to cheer up the chil­dren in the hos­pi­tal.

“We wanted the chil­dren to feel the hap­pi­ness of cel­e­brat­ing Malaysia Day just like us and there is also a fire truck out­side the hos­pi­tal so that the chil­dren get to see them here,” said Jainab.

In giv­ing her con­do­lences to the 23 stu­dents who died in the re­cent fire at Pusat Tah­fiz Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah in Kuala Lumpur, she re­minded par­ents to pay at­ten­tion to the safety of their chil­dren and not to fo­cus only on their aca­demics.

She also said ev­ery build­ing must abide by the rules and such in­sti­tu­tions should be reg­is­tered.

In the mean­time, the first Malaysia Day baby was de­liv­ered at 12.10 am by a 28-year-old mother, Jen­nyfer Joseph.

She said she did not ex­pect her baby boy to be de­liv­ered on this spe­cial day and was very happy to have her healthy baby weigh­ing 3.83 kg as the new mem­ber of the fam­ily, and her third child.

Jen­nyfer, who is a kinder­garten teacher, was seen ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band, Freddy Pa­maas, 36, in the ward yes­ter­day.

Jainab (left) poses with Malaysia Day babies at the Sabah Women and Chil­dren Hos­pi­tal Likas yes­ter­day.

Jen­nyfer and her hus­band wel­come the new mem­ber of their fam­ily, Malaysia Day baby Fred Ozell.

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