SEMPORNA: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Tuesday neither he nor the state government discriminated against the district of Semporna in terms of the people or development.
He said the allegations of discrimination were unfounded and that as the chief minister he was the leader for all the people and districts of Sabah.
"How can I discriminate against Semporna? For your information, my senior officers are from Semporna. Many do not know about my good relationship with former Sabah chief minister Tun Sakaran Dandai who is from Semporna.
"Semporna leaders also contact me frequently to discuss development and what's good for the district and the people," he said to reporters after performing the ground-breaking for a market here.
Musa was welcomed by about 10,000 people on his day-long working visit to Semporna. Also present at the event were deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Tan Sri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, and Sabah Cabinet ministers.
Musa said the state government strived to take care of the people of Semporna, including getting approval from the land office for land in Mount Pock and Nagos to be given to the people.
"However, I am accused of harbouring hatred for Semporna. I work to develop Sabah, including Semporna, along with my colleagues," he said.
Musa said Sabah was on the best track and there was no issue of any need to change the state government.
"History has proven that the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) accords great respect for Sabah, with the appointment of six Sabahans in important Cabinet positions," he said.
He said it was needless to have any kind of Arab Spring in Sabah, similar to the uprising in Libya and Egypt that culminated in civil war.
Musa advised the people of Semporna not to be taken in by the opposition promises and get confused.
He also reminded all quarters against raising matters relating to the ethnic communities in Sabah, saying respect must be accorded to all the 34 ethnic communities.
Musa also visited the site of the sports complex and had lunch with academics in the district. -- Bernama