Abg Jo: Sarawak’s secret recipe for progress is unity, tolerance

Abang Johari (seated third left) together with several state ministers and other religious leaders in a group photo with Right Reverend Danald (seated second left) and family.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Dec 25: The Sarawak government is committed to safeguarding unity to ensure Sarawakians of all races and religions continue to live in peace and harmony.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg pledged to defend this unique culture at all cost.

“Sarawakians are able to unite despite religious and racial diversities, and clearly only Sarawakians can understand the culture. Unity and tolerance is the state’s recipe for progress.

“Therefore, I am sure Sarawak will be able to move forward and, hopefully, we will be the most developed state in the country by 2030,” he said when visiting the Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Reverend Danald Jute, for Christmas at the Anglican Church of St Thomas here today.

Abang Johari (batik shirt) greeting fellow visitors at the open house.

Meanwhile, he also pledged to continue supporting the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) in order to assist non-Muslims to build or carry out repairs of their houses of worship. Sarawak is the only state in the country to have a special unit that looks after non-Muslim religious affairs.

Abang Johari added that the state government had also allocated a piece of land in the city and within the vicinity of several religious institutions for the construction of Unifor’s complex. — DayakDaily