Political pundit: Being open on racial, religious issues is Sarawakian way

Dato Peter Minos

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KUCHING, Jan 21: Those in Peninsular Malaysia can start with being open with racial and religious issues as this is the Sarawakian way, says political analyst Dato Peter Minos.

He said Sarawakians believed that these (race and religion) are matters given wholly or partly by God and there is no reason to debate and argue or quarrel about them.

“Accept the racial origin of another person and also of his or her religious adherence gracefully and respectfully.

“That is the Sarawakian way; one that the people of Peninsular Malaysia can observe and emulate,” he said in a statement today.

He was referring to Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s remark on urging Peninsular Malaysians to emulate unity of the people of Sarawak.

In addition, he observed that some politicians and leaders go overboard when attacking rivals and opponents which led to the bitterness and unhappiness in the society.

“Digging dirt of opponents and rivals, creating doubts and suspicion as political weapons and concocting bad hearsays and false rumours to score political points are standard practice among many politicians there.

“That is why Sarawakians do not want these negative and bad political ways and cultures creeping into Sarawak. Such negative practice is alien and unacceptable to Sarawakians, who believe in social harmony over crass and divisive adversarial politics. — DayakDaily