Hajiji in a group photo with the invitees after the opening ceremony
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor said the State Government is committed to ensure equal development for all the communities in the state.
“The GRS Government has achieved many successes since taking over the helm of administrations with the full mandate from the people after the elections.
“I thank the people, especially the Chinese community for their continuous support by working together with the State Government to bring prosperity to Sabah,” he said at the launching of the 2022 Chinese New Year Dragons, Unicorns and Lions Dance Festival organised by the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) at the SICC here today.
Hajiji (centre) leading the 24 Festive Drum performance to mark the launch of the 2022 Dragons, Unicorns and Lions Dance Festival
He said it is the State Government’s hope that the people will continue to support by becoming a partner in progress to realise the government’s development agenda.
“It is my aspiration as Chief Minister to chart a development path for Sabah and rakyat. For this purpose, we have launched the five-year development roadmap, Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya last year,” he said.
Hajiji reiterated that the State Government has been emphasising the development of the human capital and people’s wellbeing evident from the huge allocation of RM164.12 million under the State 2022 Budget for the relevant agencies, educational and religious bodies.
“In line with the Malaysian Family spirit the allocations are for the benefit of all religions and races in Sabah,” he said.
The biggest ever allocation approved by the State Government totaling RM47 million for non-Muslim religious bodies and vernacular as well as mission schools this year also reflected the State Government’s sincerity to take care of the welfare of all the people in Sabah, he said.
In relation to this year’s Chinese New Year, he believed the whole people of Malaysia looked forward to welcoming the Year of the Tiger, which is known for its strength, prowess and bravery, especially after going through an unprecedented challenge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Looking forward, I am sure the expectation for things to get better is higher this year,” he said.
Hajiji also commended the USCCAKK for its unwavering commitment to organise the Festival during the pre-Covid-19 years before this.
Also present were Local Government and Housing Minister cum Finance Minister II, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, State Secretary Datuk Seri Sr Safar Untong, Nonimated Assemblyman, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, President USCCAKK, Datuk Susan Wong, Organising Chairman, Datuk Chua Soon Ping, Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce President, Tan Sri Andrew Liew, Federation of Chinese Association Malaysia President, Tan Sri T C Goh and other Chinese community leaders.