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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 23: Ba’kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian believed Malaysians consisting of multi races with diverse culture could rose above bigotry and hatred which is regularly created as a political tool in Malaysian politics.
Baru observed that many Malaysians irregardless of race and religion have been generous to come forward in assisting the less fortunate during the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia recently.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia, Baru who is Selangau MP observed that many people were unable to work during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period or having to take pay cuts or even losing their jobs.
Nonetheless, he noted those who are more fortunate have stepped up to share with those who are less fortunate during these challenging times of need.
In the meantime, Baru in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message to the Muslims community, said Malaysians are known to be strong and obedient.
“I am confident that our Muslim brothers and sisters will be able to make the best of the situations they are in, and enjoy small but meaningful celebrations within their homes.
“Furthermore, the kindness of people in caring and sharing should continue beyond the Raya period and Covid-19 MCO as many will be faced with supporting their families on reduced or even no income.
“Let us all continue to be on the lookout for those facing difficulties and be sensitive to their needs,” Baru said in a statement.
He observed that Muslims in Malaysia will be celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri with a different experience this year due to Covid-19
Baru gathered that there were some Malaysians who will not be able to return to their kampungs to visit loved ones and friends for the celebration.
In a way, he believed the celebration this year goes against all that had been taught about fulfilling our filial duties as good children and grandchildren.
He asserted the family reunion, which is the highlight of the year, will be greatly missed this time by certain Muslims in this country.
Baru observed the Ramadan this year has coincided with the world battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hence, he gathered that the usual Ramadan activities such as prayer gatherings in mosques and group breaking of the fast are not allowed, as a safety precaution.
Nonetheless, he opined somehow the discipline of fasting has helped many to comply with all the directives and restrictions ordered by the federal government and there have been relatively few violations reported.
At the same time, he also called on the Muslim community to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the state and federal government during festivals which are for greater good and safety of family members and the community
“This year, I will miss the customary visits to my Muslim friends’ homes and the enjoyment of friendships over delicious curries and kuih-kuih.
“My family and I would like to take this opportunity to wish ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ to all Muslims, especially the Muslim community in Sarawak. ‘Maaf Zahir Dan Batin’,” he added. – DayakDaily