Deputy Premier urges Sarawakians to use social media wisely, not to spread disunity

Uggah (fourth right) presents a certificate to a participant at the closing of the National Unity Week Celebration held at Kuching Waterfront today.

by Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 25: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas laments that there is a tendency for certain recalcitrant quarters to use social media to sow the seeds of discord in Sarawak.

Uggah appealed for all Sarawakian to step up their efforts to strengthen unity in the region.

“We must not be complacent. We must be very cautious with new technology in the digital era.

“That is why we must be careful with what we come across and be analytical,” he said before closing the National Unity Week celebration at the Kuching Waterfront today.

Uggah opined that there is no issue with religion in the region, and the Federal government has allowed Christians in Sarawak to use the word “Allah”.

“Our people of Sarawak have learnt to live together, and we must continue to respect each other,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Women, Childhood And Community Well-being Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, who is also the organising co-chairperson for the celebration, said that there would be 30 series of Randau (dialogue) Community Solidarity programmes planned this year.

“This programme is an annual initiative organised in every district in Sarawak to foster unity, social harmony and to strengthen the culture of all races in the region.”

She revealed that from 2020 to May 11, 2023, a total of 58 randau series had been conducted in local communities of various races, ethnicities and age groups.

“Let us continue to foster unity and solidarity in diversity for the sake of the sustainability of community well-being, particularly in Sarawak, and in Malaysia as a whooe,” she said.

Also present at the closing celebration was the Minister of National Unity Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang. — DayakDaily