Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim tonight urged the people, especially Sabahans, to make the habit of keeping promises as a step towards maintaining the close relationship and unity among the races in line with the 1 Malaysia concept.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, at every Cabinet meeting, emphasised the need to keep promises.
“Keeping promises” would also be the theme of this year’s 55th National Day celebration and Malaysia Day on September 16, Rais (picture) said at the Tadau Kaamatan Malaysia open house held at the Keningau Sports Complex here.
The function was also attended by Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Rais said the various festivals celebrated in Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula could strengthen national unity in line with the aspirations of the 1 Malaysia concept.
He believed that through arts, culture and the 1 Malaysia concept, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government could achieve success through the various festivals celebrated by the various races in the country.
Meanwhile, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the paramount leader of the Kadazandusun community, thanked the federal government, especially the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, for choosing a remote area to hold the open house.
“This shows that the current government truly practises the 1 Malaysia concept,” he added.
He also urged the people of Sabah to continue supporting the government under Najib’s leadership who has proven capable of protecting the people, regardless of their race and religion.