KOTA KINABALU: The city needs to carry out more activities to attract visitors from within and outside of the country, said Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir.
It was important for the city to have more activities such as the Gaya Christmas celebration, he said at the closing ceremony of the four-day Gaya Christmas celebration held at Lintasan Desaoka near here on Friday evening.
“Kota Kinabalu is a developing city and is a tourist focus site. Hence, I feel there is a need for us to conduct more of such events which can be used as an attraction,” he said.
He added that such events had the capacity to cheer up and bring life to the city’s ambiance as well as showcase the culture, tradition and way of life of the city folk.
“What is more important is that such programmes could be used as a platform to unite the multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious people of Kota Kinabalu,” he said.
He also said that it was the aim of the City Hall to continue organising the event every year as it was in line with the vision to turn Kota Kinabalu into a sustainable and friendly city by 2020.
In his speech, Abidin also reminded that Christmas was a time for gratitude, of giving, hope, remembrance, family and unity.
He added that in connection to that message, they have carried out donation drives from the people since the first day of the Gaya Christmas event.
The contributions from the public were distributed equally between four charity homes, namely the Immanuel Home Tambunan, Caring for the Future Malaysia (CFFM), Jireh Home and Pastoral Kaunseling Wanita BCCM BM.
Each of the charity homes was presented with a cheque for RM2,000.
“I believe the contributions are a sign of love and caring attitude for those who are less fortunate. Thank you for all who contributed,” he said.
Present at the event were Sabah Churches Council president Reverend Datuk Jerry Dusing, Deputy Sabah Churches Council president Bishop Melter Jiki Tais and Kota Kinabalu PUSPANITA chairperson Florence Malangkig.