SANDAKAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor said the desire for peace must transcend through the times because war and conflicts do nothing but destroy.
“Let us reflect on the deeper understanding of peace and that war and conflicts do nothing but destroy. Both must not happen,” he added.
Speaking in conjunction with the Sandakan Day Memorial held at the Memorial Park here today, the Chief Minister said Sabah acknowledged the brave allied soldiers who fought in World War II.
“We are grateful and we will always remember them for their sacrifices and contributions to keeping the peace in our homes,” he said.
Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai read his speech.
“Today marks the 78th Anniversary of the end of the war in 1945. The loss of brave allied soldiers lives on in the minds of family members. This morning, let us take a moment to reflect on their sacrifices.
“As we remember the long departed men of courage, we also recognise the local communities who risked and lost their lives in helping the allied soldiers. Let us honour them and the rest of the individuals as heroes,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that annually holding this date in remembrance will bring Australia, Britain, and Sabah closer together.
“Sabah and specifically Sandakan will always welcome you and your families. This will be your place of remembrance,” he said.
He also acknowledged the efforts of the Sandakan Municipal Council, Sabah Tourism Board, and the organising committee for their continued dedication to honouring these fallen men and keeping their stories alive.
“It is highly crucial that we, as well as our children, are reminded of this part of history to know what we have lost and the freedom that we have gained in return,” he said.
Hajiji also thanked the Australian and British High Commissions in Malaysia for their continuous support in ensuring this parcel of history is remembered and commemorated together.