By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Oct 6: Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang has set a good and inspiring example by pausing his speech when the call to prayer (Azan) was sounded during the launching of a new community hall for Kampung Haji Baki here today.
Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, who officiated at the ceremony, took the opportunity to praise Lo for his exemplary behaviour which exhibited Sarawak’s values in acceptance, respect and unity.
“I am not praising him for no reason. For a Chinese to stop midway in his speech when the Azan was sounded shows that he respects the Muslims, if not he would have gone ahead with his speech.
“He (Lo) is also a caring leader who has fought for the needs of the people (especially in his constituency) irrespective of race, religion and background. That’s why you have a new community hall today,” he said.
Such leadership, Abang Johari continued, is also in line with the Sarawak government’s policy of inclusivity towards 2030 and allowed projects like community halls to be implemented.
“This is the way of life in Sarawak; we do not see the backgrounds of people but try to fulfill the needs of the people.
“Likewise, myself, Prof Sim (Batu Kawah rep Dr Sim Kian Hui), Wilfred (Kota Sentosa rep Wilfred Yap) and others take into account the needs of all races,” he added.
Abang Johari has also approved RM1.8 million for a community centre extension to the newly launched community hall for Kampung Haji Baki as requested by Lo, who is also Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, so that the residents and surrounding community can gather for activities.
To that, Abang Johari said it is fortunate that the Sarawak government can approve projects for the people as the State’s revenue has doubled to RM10 billion due to good and prudent financial management without unnecessary spending.
“This is largely contributed by the implementation of Sales Tax (for petroleum products) which was a hard-won achievement after facing Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) in court,” he said.
Dr Sim who is also Deputy Sarawak Premier, Senator Dato Ahmad Ibrahim and Yap were among those present. — DayakDaily