CM allocates RM2.3 million for temple’s community hall

Abang Johari addressing attendees at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple gala dinner.

KUCHING, July 4: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed to allocate RM2.3 million for the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (SMMT) to build a community hall.

This he said, is also in recognition of the Indian community’s contribution to Sarawak.

“If we look back at the state’s history, the Indian community has also played a part in the economic development of our state. Although their numbers in Sarawak are relatively small, many of them are professionals and together with other communities from other races, they have positioned Sarawak as a vibrant and harmonious multi-racial state,” Abang Johari said at the SMMT fundraising dinner today at a private club here.

He also reminded those present that every community in Sarawak must continue to play their part to keep the state peaceful and harmonious, as how it is now.

“You can see and compare our state with the ones across the South China Sea — we are so different. Our multi-racial community in Sarawak such as the Indians, Chinese, Malays and the Dayaks have a solid social structure, making us unique.”

Abang Johari also called upon the Indian community in Sarawak to continue to equip themselves with the latest know-how particularly concerning the digital economy.

He said this is a sector which the state government is pursuing to better position Sarawak in the global economy.

“So you must embrace in the latest technology as this transcends faith and colour (ethnicity). Those who are successful and stand to be successful are there because of knowledge and the command of technology and not because of faith or race.

“Help us manage Sarawak. Help us push for Petros (Petroleum Sarawak Berhad), digital economy and others. If we can earn more (economically), we can definitely give more back to the people.” — DayakDaily