Race and religion issues holding back progress, says ex-Sabah CM

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Bernard Dompok says the two issues are preventing the country from reaching its full potential. FMTNews

Former Sabah chief minister Bernard Dompok speaks at the 2019 Malaysia Day forum organised by Upko in Kota Kinabalu today.

For example, he said films portrayed by the late P Ramlee always showed a time when religion was not worn on the sleeves, and that racial differences were not a big problem.“We wanted freedom of religion. For me, it means that we should be free to become Christians, Muslims, Buddhists or practise and any other religion because that is within our rights.

Dompok who retired from politics after resigning as the president of Upko which he founded, said he had seen how some politicians wore different masks when speaking to other politicians and their electorates. Commenting on the change of government after the general election last year, Dompok said there was a general euphoria which was to be expected because the people believed their sufferings and heartaches would soon be over.

He acknowledged former prime minister Najib Razak’s role in giving Sabah and Sarawak more prominent ministerial posts in the federal Cabinet compared to the prime ministers before him.


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