27th July, 2012
Musa (left) distributes aid to the elderly in the Sungai Sibuga constituency
SANDAKAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman urges Muslims to strengthen unity and to be charitable during the month of Ramadan.
He said the holy month of Ramadan was a most appropriate time for them to reflect and be grateful for the peace and harmony in the country.
It was important therefore, he said, to uphold peace in the country particularly when threatened by challenges in the era of globalisation that could damage harmony among the people.
Only unity and solidarity can help to ward off the threats so that people in Malaysia can continue to live in peace, he added.
Musa also reminded Muslims not to forget the less fortunate such as the disabled, orphans, the elderly and the poor who always need help.
He was speaking at an event to distribute assistance to the underprivileged in Kampung Kenangan Manis and Kampung Rancangan Sungai Manila, Mile 12, Jalan Labuk here yesterday.
Those present included Libaran Member of Parliament Datuk Juslie Ajirol, Sandakan Municipal Council president Datuk James Wong and community leaders.
The Chief Minister encouraged Muslims to be more charitable in Ramadan and called on them to observe the month wholeheartedly.
He said fasting from food and drink helped to strengthen one’s physical and mental abilities by testing self-restraint and patience when confronted with challenges.
“It is not just about holding back hunger and thirst but rather it teaches us to be patient and increases our faith in God.
“Fasting also brings us closer together and prevents us from committing unhealthy acts. Our good deeds in Ramadan will receive blessings provided one is brave in facing the challenges ahead,” he added.
Meanwhile, when met by reporters later, he said it was the norm for the Libaran Umno division to reach out to the grassroots during Ramadan to extend help and donations.
Musa who is the Sabah Umno chief as well as the divisional chief for Libaran Umno however, pointed out that they visited the people all the time and not just during the fasting month.
“Our aim is to help those who need help so they can also accomplish ‘puasa’ like others. Sabah Umno always stresses on this. We never forget the less fortunate and that is why I always remind the Barisan Nasional representatives to go down to the ground regularly to help them.
“Ramadan is an ideal way to do this, to get close to the people. We break our fast together and pray together,” he said.