KUCHING, Sept 21: Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian advises Sarawakians not to take Sarawak’s racial harmony and unity for granted as they are the keys to the state’s success for years to come.
In a statement yesterday, he said people must also be aware that the state’s unity amongst its multiracial composition is something that is fragile and can easily be disrupted or severed.
“Therefore we as responsible citizens should all play our part and work towards a greater unity and understanding amongst races,” said Dr Sim im a congratulatory statement for the organisers of the Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival 2018.
He said as a medical practitioner, he was inspired by a desire to diagnose problems and provide practical solutions, whether it was when he was in the hospital before or in politics now.
“I have been privileged to see for myself many cultures and environments and I learned very early that unity amongst all of us is essential if we want to see a successful and vibrant Sarawak in the years to come,” said Dr Sim who is also Batu Kawah assemblyman.
When he was invited to officiate at last year’s Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival, he said he thoroughly enjoyed his visit, and when the organisers invited him he promptly agreed to come.
“This year I am representing the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to grace this much-talked-about event and it is nice to see that all the planning has manifested in a colourful event with a great family atmosphere and plenty for the visitors to experience — food, music and cultural performances.
“This is something we must continue and I congratulate the organising committee for their tireless work and dedication.
“Events such as this will help maintain and remind us all of the importance of unity through diversity. Once again congratulations to organising chairpersons Sim Kiang Chiok and Amy Tnay Li Ping of the Old Market Association on a great event and also a fitting tribute to the late Dato Sim Swee Yong the former President of the Federated Association of Kuching Division Community Associations and founding function (festival) chairman 17 years ago,” said Dr Sim. — DayakDaily