GRS backs unity govt candidates in six state elections

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SEREMBAN: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor urged Sabah voters in the impending six states elections in the peninsula to choose candidates from the Unity Government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) is standing behind the Prime Minister and fully supports the unity government,” he said when meeting Sabah voters at the Royal Chulan Hotel here on Friday night.

Also present were Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Haji Aminuddin Harun, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali and Sabah Minister of Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Phoong Jin Zhe.

Hajiji who is also chairman of GRS, said it was crucial for Sabah voters, especially those voting in the coming state elections in the peninsula, to pick the Unity Government candidates so as to maintain the country’s political dynamics for a better future.

“GRS declares its full support to the Unity Government because it is the best platform for a multi-racial country like Malaysia to move forward,” he pointed out.

And, Hajiji also urged the people to reject racial slurs and religious bigotry used by the opposition as their campaign materials to garner support.

“Such tactic is detrimental to a plural country like ours, which will never guarantee Malaysia’s future,” he said.

The Chief Minister added that stability, one of the important factors for the country to progress, could only be achieved when the people were united and not blinded by racism and bigotry.

Hajiji, who is also president of Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (PGRS), said the special rights of the Malays were protected under the Constitution but still, this did not mean that the interests of other races in the country were ignored.

“The rights of the Malays, Bahasa Melayu as the official language, Islam as the official religion and the privilege of the Malay rulers are protected as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and it must be respected.

“However, we cannot deny the rights of other races in Malaysia. We in Sabah have been a good example of unity in diversity and solidarity because despite differences in race and religion, we have co-existed in harmony for so long regardless of political ideology, which is what the Unity Government is also promoting at the national level.

“Therefore, I call upon the people to support the Unity Government candidates in these state elections,” he said.

Among the GRS entourage at the event were deputy chairman Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Haji Mulia, vice chairman Datuk Masiung Banah, information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai who is also Sabah Assistant Minister of Tioufrism, Culture and Environment, Kawang Assemblyman Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar, Pantai Dalit Assemblyman Datuk Jasnih Daya, Tempasuk Assemblyman Arshad Bistari, Tawau MP Lo Su Fui and Senator Datuk Bobbey Suan.

Hajiji also took time to meet up and speak with Sabahans residing in Negeri Sembilan

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