KUCHING: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian has likened racial unity in Sarawak as ingredients that are being put together in making glutinous rice dumpling.
“When these ingredients and the sticky rice put together to make the dumpling, they stand together. That is how unity in Sarawak is all about,” he said at the Nostalgia of Rice Dumpling Making Festival here last night.
He said rice dumpling, therefore, can be likened to racial unity among the various ethnic groups in Sarawak which have been living harmoniously and peacefully all these years, in spite of their different racial and religious backgrounds.
Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president, said racial and religious unity is Sarawak’s main strength that no other states in Malaysia can claim to have.
“Therefore, we must preserve our racial unity and harmony at all cost because disunity will create instability in Sarawak and we don’t want to see that happen,” he said.
He also said that dumpling making is not just confined to the Chinese, but also the Malays.
“The Malays are also making halal dumpling as you can witness at this dumpling making festival here,” he said, adding that halal dumpling is being sold at the Ramadhan bazaar in Kuching and other towns in Sarawak.
He said in his rounds in his Batu Kawa constituency he has found Malay families making halal rice dumpling for their consumption and for sale.
Dr Sim also urged the well-to-do families not to forget the less fortunate during the fasting month of Ramadhan.
“The more we donate sincerely, the more blessings we will receive,” he said.
At the function Dr Sim handed over rice dumping to various charitable organisations including Nur Murni Orphanage Home and Salvation Army’s Children Home.
The Nostalgia of Rice Dumpling Making Festival was organised jointly by SUPP Pending Women branch, Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) of Chawan Road and Kelab Rekreasi Wanita Bersatu. – dayakdaily.com