KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin said Sabah would not compromise on the issue of security.
He noted that undesirable elements were trying to find ways and means to undermine peace and harmony in the state.
“The government has always emphasised and prioritised security to ensure that the nation’s sovereignty and the people’s well-being are safeguarded,” he said at the presentation of state awards to 767 recipients at the State Legislative Assembly banquet hall yesterday.
Also present were Juhar’s consort Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and his wife Datin Seri Faridah Tussin as well as deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin.
Juhar expressed confidence that the country’s security forces were fully prepared to counter any challenge to public order, such as the intrusion by militants and kidnappings in the east coast of Sabah.
Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin awarding the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) medal to Datuk Masiung Banah at the State Legislative Assembly banquet hall. BERNAMA
“The intrusion by militants and kidnappings in Sabah’s east coast have made the people aware of the necessity for the state’s security to be reinforced.
“The phrase, ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall’, is a concept that we as a plural society should embrace in building a sovereign nation. We should constantly bear in mind that racial harmony is a crucial element in national unity.
“We see the crisis in countries such as in the Middle East, and how their people suffer and are living in fear, besides the destruction of public property,” he said.
He said Sabah also condemned the violence committed by certain parties that had led to the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy.
Juhar also said that education and human capital development remained among the top priorities of the state government.