“Don’t jeopardise Sarawak’s peace and harmony with religion and racial issues in politics”

Mohd Asfia (centre) and Awang Tengah (third right) presenting Christmas donations to recipients witnessed by other guests.

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LAWAS, Dec 17: Sarawakians have been urged not to use religion and racial issues in politics as it would jeopardise the lasting peace and harmony enjoyed in Sarawak.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan emphasised that such a unique identity in which people from different religious and cultural backgrounds can live together must be maintained.

“Our diversity must be celebrated and the extreme or ways of politics from outside using religious and racial issues are not our culture,” he told the crowd attending the Leaders with People gathering in conjunction with the Christmas celebration at the Indoor Stadium here on Monday (Dec 16).

In this regard, he reminded those present that Sarawak’s formula of harmony was created from the tolerance and togetherness of all people in one administration or governance.

“In Sarawak, there is no one race that governs in dominant manner and all play an important role in the development of the state.

“The state government has even set up Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) under the Chief Minister’s Office to ensure that the harmony between religions is maintained,” he added.

Awang Tengah thus urged all Sarawakians to continue enhancing ties with other people and to support the state leadership to make it easier to chart development for the state and ensure a brighter future.

Acting Head of State Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar and wife Datuk Fatimah Mohd Iskandar, Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah and Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Ngumbang were also present. — DayakDaily