KOTA KINABALU: State Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Donald Mojuntin urged the people to appreciate the peace and racial harmony in the country.
Although our country is not perfect, Donald said it was better than many other countries which had to face natural disasters, political instability, or war.
“Even though some countries are developed and peaceful, they could not run away from natural disaster; while some countries frequently face war in the cities or villages, causing hardship among the people.
“In comparison, Malaysia is like a heaven. The people are very lucky and I hope the people appreciate it,” he said hat when representing Penampang Member of Parliament Tan Sri Bernard Dompok in gracing the fifth anniversary celebration dinner of Taman Penampang and Suria residents here on Friday.
Donald, who is also Moyog assemblyman, said Sabahans naturally learn to tolerate other races, and we live in racial harmony all the while.
During the event, Donald also commended the resident committee of Taman Penampang and Taman Suria for their contribution in serving the residents.
“The resident committee acts as a bridge between the residents and the relevant authority. When problem arises, the resident committee will voice that out to the relevant authority as well as organizing events such as dialogues between government officers and the residents to effectively tackle related problems.”
A total of 46 special ang pows were also presented to senior citizens, as well as 21 merit awards for students with oustanding academic performance and three assistantship to three residents.
In addition, Donald represented Dompok in donating RM 10,000 to the resident committee of Taman Penampang and Suria to show his support.
Also present was Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai and the chairman of the resident committee of Taman Penampang and Suria Cheong Kwee Min.