By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Aug 30: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian urges the people of Sarawak to remain united amid attempts by certain parties to cause division among Sarawakians.
He opined ‘irresponsible bigots from West Malaysia’ would not have the last laugh if Sarawakians were to stay united as one.
“To all Sarawakians, we must remain united and don’t fall into their provocative traps to divide us and make Sarawak weak,” he urged in a Facebook post today.
This statement came in response to Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh, who had voiced out in Parliament that the Bible was distorted or changed.
He made the remarks during his debate on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 to propose heavier fines for drunk driving offenders on Aug 26.
The disparaging statement has since roused various attention and criticisms especially among the Catholics.
The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) on Aug 29, has demanded that Nik Muhammad Zawawi retract his statement and issue an apology.
ACS asserted that such an insensitive statement with strong allegations against another religion should never be allowed to stand without being rectified.
Holding a similar view on the issue, Dr Sim too, opined that such an act is either intentionally or ignorantly ignoring the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in which four countries namely Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak came together to form Malaysia.
“Sarawak is blessed with racial and religious harmony that all Sarawakians take great pride of.
“Unfortunately there are many opportunistic and irresponsible bigots from West Malaysia who intentionally want to provoke and create an issue.
“To all those extremist bigots from West Malaysia, you are not welcomed to Sarawak,” he reiterated. — DayakDaily