Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman in a meeting recently said – “Sabah of my dream is a vibrant, prosperous State where peace prevails and the people, irrespective of race, creed or religion, live side by side in harmony and prosperity. I dream of a corruption free society and a people fully developed to take their rightful place in the bigger Malaysian society and propelling our beautiful State and country forward. I would like to see the government of the day being governed by people who, in turn, are governed by God. As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” My government has that courage.”
I felt very refreshing to know the kind of Sabah our present Chief Minister dreams of. “My government has that courage”, the Chief Minister said. Read the below two articles by The Daily Express and The Star and you will know why he has the courage.
This is reported by Daily Express
Political instability, the State Government’s inability to formulate long-term development plans for Sabah and a stormy relationship with the Federal Government in the past were among reasons why it was necessary for Umno to expand its wings to Sabah.
Recalling the events 25 years ago, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who is also Sabah Umno Liaison Committee Chairman, said it is crucial that young leaders contemplate the party’s historical entry into the State which was made possible after Sabahans realised they needed a new political model which could unite the people after unhealthy excessive politicking which put too much emphasis on racial interests.
Sabah Umno seized power from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) which was then in the opposition in 1994.
“During those days, this change was no longer a choice but a demand, because we understood that instability and disunity benefit no one. This is why we see Umno as a new hope because of its track record in the peninsula.
“We hoped that Umno would be the glue that unites the people as it had done in the peninsula, and thus bring stability to our region which would mean, development in all aspects for the State,” he said.
Musa said this in his speech at the Sabah Umno Silver Jubilee celebration at the Umno Building, Monday.
Also present were Umno Information Chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, representing Umno Central, all Sabah Umno State and Federal ministers and Sabah Umno division chiefs.
Musa added that Umno did not come against the will of the people but to bring Sabah out of political instability and to bring with it development and progress for the State as well as unity and harmony.
“This is our history. This is why we chose Umno. And we have to remember this always.
Our purpose had always been for the people and our State and we have to explain this to our new generations so they will understand what they have inherited,” he said.
Since Umno officially came to Sabah on Feb. 22, 1991, the party had gone from strength to strength, increasing its number to 25 divisions, 5,676 branches and 546,879 members, making it the largest State component within the party.
Currently, six of the 11 State Cabinet ministers are from Umno while 31 out of 60 State seats in the last general election were won by Umno candidates.
Despite its giant grip on the State Government, Musa reminded Sabah Umno members not to relax because defending something is a lot harder than obtaining it.
“Once upon a time even though it was hard, our work was made lighter when we were clear about our objectives.
We knew and saw our common enemies and we shared a common agenda.
“But once we have achieved the success we wanted, we are worried that the unity and togetherness will be lost little by little because of personal interest. Moreover, we forgot that the victory must be defended.
“Therefore, it is important that we put the interest of the party before self and continue the struggle,” he said.
Musa said party leaders and members must not dance to the tune determined by the opposition but to keep the course while at the same time, start to contribute to the national agenda.
“As the captain of the ship and the State, I vow to continue the fight to safeguard the rights of the people and defend the State’s interest. After 52 years, it had always been our desire to see Sabah and Sabahans be given more significant acknowledgement in bringing Malaysia forward. We believe that cooperation and teamwork is the best way towards this goal,” he said.
Earlier, Musa also announced that he had asked the State Umno Information Secretariat to kickstart an initiative to publish a special documentary to record the legacy of Umno’s struggle in Sabah.
The documentary will, among others, detail the identity of each individual who had contributed to the party especially those who have passed away.
The initiative, he said, is crucial in order to ensure their past contributions are not forgotten and will forever be memorialised within the party’s history book.
And this is reported by THE STAR
Sabah Umno will never waver from its key struggles, including safeguarding the state’s rights, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said.
He said the members had every reason to celebrate Umno’s expansion to Sabah 25 years ago as the party had stuck to its original intentions of doing so.
Musa, the Sabah Umno chief, said the party’s presence had resulted in political stability in the state.
He noted that Sabah had seen tremendous progress and development since Umno’s entry in 1991.
“No one can deny the fact that our party has had an excellent track record in Sabah,” Musa said when launching Sabah Umno’s silver anniversary celebrations at its headquarters here.
He said prior to Umno’s entry, there was much political instability in Sabah, frequent changes in government and no long-term planning and policies.
Musa said Sabah began sliding backwards in terms of development compared to Sarawak and other states.
“There was far too much politicking, and Umno provided a refreshing change,” he said.
Despite being just 25 years old, he said Sabah Umno, which has nearly 547,000 members in 5,676 branches and 25 divisions, had become a significant presence within the 70-year-old parent body.
Among those present at the celebrations was Umno information chief Tan Sri Anuar Musa.
Also present were former Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Sakaran Dandai, Information and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said and former chief minister Datuk Osu Sukam.