Deputy Premier: Sarawakians uphold unity, reject bigoted statements and race-based quarrels

SUPP members celebrating the Mooncake Festival at Friendship Park on Sept 4, 2022.

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Sept 5: Sarawakians celebrate unity whenever the opportunity arises while some quarters in Peninsular Malaysia prefer to go in circles through bigoted statements and race-based quarrels.

Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said Sarawakians are a blessed lot where different ethnic groups celebrate every festival together, which has become part of Sarawak’s culture and values.

“The Mooncake Festival is to celebrate reunion, unity, harmony, completion and fullness; this is good. Unlike some politicians who keep going in circles.

“We all know, in every opportunity we have, we celebrate, share and stay unified. In West Malaysia, some quarters make use of every opportunity to divide the people. They are doing it to gain publicity.

“Sarawakians must be smarter than them, (former Chief Minister Pehin Sri) Adenan’s (Satem) dying wish was for us to take good care of Sarawak.

“West Malaysians have nothing to do with us. They may continue to split, quarrel and fight among themselves. As for us, we will keep our unity,” said Dr Sim during the Mooncake Festival Celebration organised by Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) at Friendship Park here last night.

SUPP members celebrating the Mooncake Festival at Friendship Garden. From left: Political secretary to the Premier Tan Kai, Kho, Dr Sim and Wee.

Meanwhile, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Send said Sarawakians have been united through traditional festivals celebrated by various ethnicities, thus making the celebrations of all traditional festivals even more meaningful.

He said the purpose of celebrating the Mooncake Festival, apart from preserving tradition, was also aimed at providing a platform for all ethnic groups to appreciate Chinese culture and be part of it to foster better understanding of the Chinese culture to enhance Sarawak’s unity and harmony.

“This is also to continue to pass on the values that we have — Sarawak’s unity, harmony and spirit,” said Wee.

The event was organised by SUPP Women headed by its chief Kho Teck Wan. — DayakDaily