KOTA KINABALU: About 3,000 people of various races and religions in Sabah attended a Christmas Open House hosted by the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) at the Multipurpose Hall of the Likas Sports Complex here Tuesday.
The open house, which started at 10 am until 1 pm, was also attended by the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife, Toh Puan Norlidah R.M Jasni.
Also present were Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau and Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal.
UPKO vice-president Datuk Ewon Benedick, who is Sabah Rural Development Minister, as well as other Sabah cabinet members and several community leaders were also present.
Besides the sumptuous food spread, guests were also entertained to various performances, including singing and choir.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Tangau, who is also UPKO president, said the presence of people from various background, including races and religions, at the Christmas open house reflected the strong spirit of unity among the people of Sabah.
“The practise of having open house should be continued to strengthen unity and harmony among the people of various races in Sabah,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yusof said the unity and understanding among the people of various races in Sabah was something unique and special that should be safeguarded, especially by the young generation.
“We will continue to safeguard this unity because we do not want to have outside elements to come and break up the people of Sabah,” he added.
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