KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has cautioned that disunity among Muslims today would make them weak and easily exploited by certain quarters.
“We no longer value the spirit of friendship and brotherhood, but instead prefer to sow hatred, defiance and hostility,” he said in his speech at a district-level Maulidur Rasul event in Sandakan today.
He said people should heed the crises and upheavals experienced in some Islamic countries, as a lesson not to ignore brotherhood and unity.
“Let us strengthen our bonds with one another because only then can we become an excellent and respected community,” he said.
Musa said it would also create a conducive living environment for all other communities as Islam advocates justice, peace and security.
He also said the friendship, unity and cooperation among the multi-racial and multi-religious people of Sabah must be preserved and strengthened as it would contribute towards political stability, economic development and prosperity.
Earlier, Musa and other state leaders led some 6,000 people in a kilometre-long procession from Pasar Sim-Sim to the Sandakan district mosque.
He also presented the district-level Maulidur Rasul awards to the Sandakan customs department’s assistant senior director Otoh Sibik Sahar, 59, and the Sabah Muslim Organisation’s Sandakan division women’s chief Roziah Hussain, 53, who is a teacher.
Musa later visited the Taman Airport district polling centre to hand over schoolbags to students and wheelchairs to the disabled.
He was joined there by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chief financial officer Fazlur Rahman Zainuddin and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) general manager (corporate communications) Chendramata Sinteh
In his speech there, he said TNB had made various contributions to local communities through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.
“This proves that both the state and federal governments are concerned about the welfare of the people. I hope other GLCs (government-linked companies) will also perform well so they can give back to the people.
TNB contributed the schoolbags and school uniforms to 400 students at the event.