KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor lauds the  efforts of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) to bring the 38th National  Chinese Cultural Festival to Sabah this September. 

“The State Government welcomes FCAS’s initiative. I hope this festival will promote and  foster greater understanding of the various colourful Chinese cultures,” he said. 

Speaking at the opening of the 2023 Chinese New Year carnival at Lintasan Deasoka  here tonight, Hajiji said the State Government will continue to support Chinese cultural  activities in the state. 

His speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister I and Minister of Agriculture and  Fisheries, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. 

“Sabah is a diversified multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural community where  tolerance and acceptance of each others’ heritage has prevailed. The Government  encourages and supports this,” said the Chief Minister.  

He said the Government will also ensure the rakyat gets equal development, including  allocations for the vernacular and mission schools as well as non-Muslim religious bodies  in the state. 

The State Government, he said has done its best to develop the state under the Hala Tuju  Sabah Maju Jaya development blueprint and at the end of 2022, the State Government  had collected more than RM6.6 billion in revenue. 

“This is not only the best performance of a Sabah State Government ever since the  formation of Malaysia in 1963 but also proof of the present State Government’s  determination and ability to develop Sabah,” he said. 

Hajiji assured the Sabah Government would continue to implement sound policies in order  to bring in more investments going forward.. 

Putrajaya’s nod to hand over regulatory power of the gas supply to the State Government  on Dec 21, 2022, marked a positive beginning, he said.

Earlier this week, the Chief Minister tabled the Sabah Energy Commission 2023 Bill and  Gas Supply 2023 Bill whch was passed unanimously during the special State Assembly  sitting. 

“In this respect, I hope the Chinese community, a majority of whom are in business, will  work together with the Government to develop the state. 

“I am confident that with support from all the rakyat, particularly the Chinese community,  each step taken by the Government will progressively move Sabah in the right direction,”  he said.