No One Can Ruin Or Break The Sabah-Putrajaya Bond – DPM Ahmad Zahid

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Zahid, Musa, Awang Tengah and Sapawi plays a traditional musical instrument to mark the launching of Sipitang International GATA festival on Saturday. – Photo credit JKM Sabah

SIPITANG: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Saturday that no one could ruin or break the bond between the government of Sabah and Putrajaya.

“Be they individuals or noted figures, their efforts would be futile unless willed by God,” he said while launching the ‘Sipitang International Gasing and Tamu Besar Festival (GATA) 2017’ here.

“Whether the government is centred in Putrajaya or Kota Kinabalu, our linkage is very close. What a loss it would be if individuals or noted figures or political worms destroy this beautiful relationship.”

Zahid said that he wished to emphasise that as the person assisting the Prime Minister (Najib Tun Razak), no one can break this bond that have long been cemented between Putrajaya and KK,” he said.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, Deputy Chief Minister, Yahya Hussin and Sarawak Resource Planning and Environment Minister II, Awang Tengah Ali Hassan were also present.

Ahmad Zahid together with Musa Aman being welcomed on their arrival at Sipitang on Saturday to launch the annual Sipitang GATA International Festival. Also seen is Sipitang MP Sapawi Hj Ahmad.

Nevertheless, Ahmad Zahid said, the close relationship between Putrajaya and Sabah must be fortified to ensure that the present government led by Barisan Nasional (BN) continued to be strong and stable.

He said only a strong and stable government could guarantee prosperity and good economic growth for the people and the country as a whole.

The country, he said, practised democracy and was open to differences of opinion but the dissimilarity must lead to a positive direction otherwise it becomes a destructive parasite that must be rejected.

According to him, if a thing is good, it must be maintained; for example, if the roof, floor or wall of a house is damaged, the building should not be demolished; the necessary thing to do is to just repair the damaged part.

At the same function Ahmad Zahid launched a book on selected speeches by Sipitang Member of Parliament, Sapawi Ahmad entitled ‘Perjuangan Menata Masa Depan’ (The Struggle for the Future).

Sapawi, who is also Yayasan Sabah director, served as Sindumin state assemblyman for three consecutive terms since 1994 before moving on to the parliamentary seat in 2008.

The former teacher had also served as Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister under the leadership of seven chief ministers, Youth and Sports Assistant Minister, Finance Assistant Minister and Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) chairman before being appointed as Yayasan Sabah director on July 1, 2013.