TUARAN: The multi-racial community in Sabah is unique and special because they can celebrate various celebrations together, said Sulaman State Assemblyman, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor.
Hajiji presents an “ang pow” to a pupil during the event.-Photo by Azman Madris.
He said the people of Sabah, regardless of their race and religious belief, would celebrate together any celebration held in the State.
“This is what is unique and special about the people of Sabah. Despite their racial differences, they will join those who celebrate a celebration held in the State, including the Chinese New Year.
“We must continue and always preserved this,” he said when officiating the Ang Pow Festival 2020 of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) (C) Chung Hwa Tenghilan, here, last Friday (Feb 7).
He hopes such a spirit of great acceptance, unity and collaboration between races will continue to be highlighted and nurtured among the younger generation, from the primary school level.
Hajiji (thrd left) recieving a memento during the event.-Photo by Azman Madris.
Hajiji said every celebration is celebrated for good reasons, whether it is celebrated by the Chinese community, the Bumiputera community or others.
He was also pleased that SJK (C) Chung Hwa Tenghilan held the festival even though majority of its students are Bumiputeras.
“This is very special and must continue to be practised because it is good for us.
“It is also a reflection of the strong relationship between the multi-racial community in Sabah who can live together in peace and harmony, and respecting one another,” he stressed.
Hajiji, who is also Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) Chief, said he is always attentive to the welfare and interests of schools particularly in Tuaran area.
Headmaster of SJKC Chung Hwa Tenghilan, Encik Chong Chi Thart, Chairman of its School Management Board, Encik Johnson Wong Teck Tshung, Tuaran Chinese Kapitan, Encik Soon Ting Jun, and the school’s Parent-Teacher Association President, Puan Lucyeh Binti Musa, were also present.-pr/BNN

Hajiji’s (right) arrival welcomed by a lion dance troupe-Photo by Azman Madris