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KUCHING, Aug 29: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religion Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof acknowledges Sarawak’s racial and religious harmony, and hopes it to be a model and example to the Peninsula.
He said religious tolerance and harmony in the Peninsula have been deteriorating as of late, and this poses a threat not only to national security but also may affect the progress of the nation.
As such, he hoped that Sarawak would be a model and set an example to the Peninsula on racial and religious tolerance and harmony.
“Alhamdulillah, racial and religious issues in Sarawak are almost non-existent compared to the Peninsula.
“I hope Sarawak can help us (Peninsula) and show to us as the best model (for racial and religious tolerance and harmony),” Mujahid said during the closing of the Maqasid Syariah Townhall Session at the State Islamic Complex near Jalan P Ramlee here this morning.
Responding to this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg with open arms offered Sarawak as a model for the Peninsula, saying that the state government adopted the Constitution of Medina in its administration.
He explained that the Constitution of Medina, which was established by the Prophet Muhammad, was fair and just to both Muslims and non-Muslims then and now.
“Our administration is fair and just to the Muslims and non-Muslims. For one, we even have in one family both Muslims and non-Muslim members. We feast together at the same table, and we live together in the same house.
“After all, blood is thicker than water,” said Abang Johari.
He also replied to Mujahid’s compliment: “We are grateful Datuk Seri that we can become a good model (for Peninsula). We can export it to ‘Semenanjung’ (sic).” — DayakDaily