KOTA KINABALU, Aug 29  — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin has urged political leaders in Sabah to be united and work as a team in efforts to develop the state.

Muhyiddin, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president, said that under the new political norm, all political parties, whether it is Bersatu, UMNO, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Parti Maju Sabah, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), MCA or PAS, should sit down together and discuss for the benefit of the people.

“We are all Malaysians. Under this new political norm, we should sit at the same table and hold consultations and discussions in the interest of the people, especially today it is for the people of Sabah… that we are one.

“We work as a team to achieve success, then build and develop the state for the people of Sabah. Hope is Sabah will continue to progress,” he said when speaking at the joint meeting of Sabah leaders here today.

Also present were Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Hajiji Noor; Sabah UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin; STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan; PBS deputy president Datuk Radin Malleh; PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup; Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung; Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee; Sabah PAS commissioner Mohd Aminuddin Aling; and former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Muhyiddin said the main thing now was to ensure that the political situation in the state was strong and stable, thus the cooperation of all the political party leaders was crucial to realising that.

“When the state’s political situation is stable, it will help ensure all development and economic programmes run smoothly. That’s why I am here to monitor the latest developments in Sabah and to have a closer look at what is happening here.

“Political leaders need to forge a relationship that is strong and cohesive to help create more advanced economic and social development, get more opportunities and progress to the level of high development we had achieved before,” he said.


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