KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said he will not allow anyone to poison the minds of the people and to create ill-will among the various ethnic groups in Sarawak.
“Disunity and racial disharmony among the people will not benefit anyone,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri’s message broadcast over Radio Malaysia today.
He urged all Sarawakians, regardless of their racial and religious backgrounds, to work towards maintaining unity and racial harmony in the state.
“As has been the practice of our multi-racial and multi-religious society in the state, let us celebrate this festive occasion in the spirit of goodwill and friendliness between the Muslims and their friends from other ethnic groups and faiths,” Abang Johari said.
He urged the Muslims to continue with the concept of moderation in all aspects of their lives and views.
“The concept of moderation is a route towards a bright future for the Muslims and followers of other faiths in the state, ” he said.
Abang Johari said in Islam, the Muslims must always uphold principle of fairness,, whether it is for them or non-Muslims.
“I believe that the non-Muslims can accept the leadership of a Muslim leader because as a Muslim, we are always working towards giving fairness to all, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims,” he said.
He said Islam forbids its followers from suppressing the rights of other ethnic groups in whatever forms, small or big.
Abang Johari said the people in Sarawak are lucky because the state is capable of maintaining religious and social harmony which has been in existence for a long time.
“We do not quarrel among ourselves on religion and social relationship because the spirit of respecting one another has become part of our culture,” he said.
Abang Johari, however, said it cannot be denied that as a multi-racial and religious society, there are bound to be differences in views and opinions on a number of issues in Sarawak.
“But the differences are not obstacles for unity because we are able to talk in a rational manner so to seek solutions to problems through consensus and upholding the spirit of give-and-take,” he said.
Abang Johari said while the policies of the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem were people-centric, his policies will be geared towards Sarawak economy, apart from giving hopes to the younger generations
He said many developed countries are at the forefront because they have succeeded in migrating towards economy based on Internet.
“We do not want to leave behind and we cannot expect assistance to come to us because the fast pace of technological development will not wait for us.
“That is why I dare to make a commitment for us to spend RM1 billion from our funds to develop the Internet infrastructure throughout the state,” he said.
He said without sufficient Internet infrastructure network, the aspirations to develop a digital economy will not go anywhere.-dayakdaily.com