The Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) government remains strong and is unaffected by the results of the recent Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Wednesday night.

He also said that the time for politics had passed and it was now the time for work.

“Let’s not be engrossed with politics or waste our time with the crossover issue, or about a Sept 16 government or other trivial matters being played up by certain groups, particularly the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“This will only cause us to lose focus and waste the time which we could otherwise use to plan and implement development projects for the people.

“It’s time to unite and fulfil the mandate given to us,” he said at the Breaking of Fast with the Prime Minister organised by the Sabah Federal Secretary Office, here.

He said the huge mandate given to the BN in Sabah in the 12th general election was a trust that should be shouldered whole-heartedly.

“In this respect, the strong cooperation at all levels, especially between leaders and public officers as well as between policy makers and the implementers, will continue to be strengthened,” he said.

Musa also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the 2009 Budget which he described as a people-friendly budget and one that could greatly benefit Sabah.

“This is proof of the sincerity, caring and commitment on the part of the federal government, especially the prime minister,” he said.

— BERNAMA