Aim to live over 100 years like Japan’s Okinawans, Deputy Premier tells Sarawakians

Awang Tengah (right) greets an elder at the SUPP Lawas Women Wing's CNY contribution presentation ceremony at Seri Malaysia Hotel, Lawas on Jan 17, 2023.

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LAWAS, Jan 19: Deputy Sarawak Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has called on Sarawakians to emulate the lifestyle of the residents of Okinawa Island, Japan of whom a quarter live more than 100 years.

“We must live happily, have enough sleep, exercise, eat healthy food such as vegetables and fish, not eat too much, and live within a happy environment and family.

“These are among the contents of a book I have read with regards to longevity. This also explains the reason how 24 per cent of the people in Okinawa are aged over 100-years-old,” he said when officiating at a presentation of contributions ceremony in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Lawas 2023 event held at Seri Malaysia Hotel in Lawas on Tuesday (Jan 17).

Okinawans are known for their longevity. Okinawa Island used to have the largest proportion of centenarians in Japan and it is where the famed Okinawa diet originated from.

Awang Tengah who is also Bukit Sari assemblyman said Sarawakians especially the Lawas community in particular maintains unity despite being of different backgrounds, races and religions.

“I hope this kind of environment can be maintained further although times have changed a lot compared to before. The values that we have must be maintained,” he added.

The programme organised by Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Lawas Women Wing was attended by 250 guests.

Amongst those present were Lawas MP Dato Henry Sum Agong, Limbang Resident Yunus Tambi, Lawas District Officer Ladin Atok, Northern Regional Development Agency (NRDA) director Dato Ubaidillah Abdul Latif and Pemanca Tan Yong Heng. – DayakDaily