TUARAN, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia despite its racial and religious diversity has succeeded in maintaining political stability which is central to the country's development and resilience, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
He described Malaysia as unique and its people special in that they have chosen to practise tolerance and coexist in harmony, "an asset that must be safeguarded and nurtured".
Having achieved independence and as a sovereign nation, he said, Malaysia overcame various crucial phases even though there had been conjectures then that the country would not sustain because the races would clash with each other.
"But the country proved them wrong and Malaysia has accomplished success and progress in numerous fields since its independence," he said while launching the Tuaran-level 'Fly the Jalur Gemilang' campaign at Dewan Tun Hamdan here today.
Meanwhile, Madius who is also Sabah Trade and Industry Minister said the government remained committed in creating job opportunities to reduce unemployment in the state.
"If we look at the records..Sabah has 112,100 unemployed in 2018 and this is not something to be proud of," he said while launching the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) open house here today.
To this end, he said his ministry was actively drawing in foreign investors to Sabah particularly to KKIP.
In KOTA BELUD, Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick called on the people to remain united and refrain from making sensitive racial and religious statements.
"Our focus should be on implementing development programmes," he told reporters after visiting his Kadamaian constituency here today.
Earlier, he launched the district-level Jalur Gemilang Independence roadshow at Dewan Serbaguna Kampung Piasau.