Kota Kinabalu: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his maiden visit to Sabah as Prime Minister praised the State for displaying the best example of his "One Malaysia: People First, Performance Now" concept. He said no other State in the country fully epitomised the concept than Sabah. With 45 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups in Sabah, he said the State is indeed very colourful.
"This (Sabah) is the best example of the One Malaysia concept. Not only we (here) respect one another but it is seamless between them," he said. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the State Government for him and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, at Pacific Sutera, he said there were no barriers between the people here. Citing Umno, he said there are Kadazans and Dusuns in the party who sometimes wear their traditional attire and at other times the Baju Melayu during party meetings.
"Hence, most important is not the person's racial background but the fact that he is a Rakyat Malaysia. This is what makes us strong among one another," he said. Sabah, he said, is very important to the Barisan Nasional to enable the BN continue leading the country. Thanking the State for its firm support to him, he believed that it would continue to do so. Recalling his statement a few years ago that Sabah is like a "fixed deposit" in the BN, he quipped his visit was to check the value of the fixed deposit and believed the value would remain at a high level. Based on the support from the people in Sabah to the BN, he said they would continue to provide confidence to the Barisan.
On the Federal Government's part, he said it would continue to fulfil Sabah needs. This explained why he appointed four full Ministers and five Deputy Ministers from Sabah. However, he said that to ensure the Barisan Nasional's (BN) victory in the next 13th general election, the work must start from now. "The work starts now and it must be carried out now and also it must be continuous," he stressed, adding that people are becoming more knowledgeable and aspired to see changes. In this respect, everyone must go down to the rakyat's level and help to unravel the problems and difficulties they face.
He said sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned office is different compared to if they go down to immerse themselves on how the people felt. Explaining the "walk about" method he introduced within 24 hours of assuming the nation's leadership, he said it simply means looking at what is happening on the ground and at the same time strike a friendship with the people.
JomoSama `senyum-senyum kambing' (nasib baik ndak jadi kambing) je bila lihat kenyataan ini... Haii, Dato Seri.... Kita sudah lama wujud dalam dunia ni.. takkan baru sedar `kehadiran' kita...!! Kami lebih dulu mengamalkan 1 Malaysia concept berbanding negeri-negeri lain dalam Malaysia... namun, orang buat DEEHHH je.. apa nak buat, kepala sudah bulat!!