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SIMUNJAN, Dec 19: Not a single religion in the world teaches its followers to hate or to antagonise people.
In fact, Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majias said, every religion emphasised on living in harmony and treating others with respect.
“Religion is not a tool to divide the people, especially here in Gedong. It teaches us to do good and respect each other,” he said at the pre-Christmas celebration at TR Roport longhouse in Kampung Munggu Sabun, Ulu Simunjan, last night.
Although different in some ways, he observed that every religion had something in common — it calls on their followers to appreciate peace and security.
“We, especially in Sarawak, are grateful that we have high tolerance among ourselves even though Sarawak is a multicultural and multi-faith society. This value that we uphold allows us not only to live in harmony but brings us together to celebrate all kind of festivals,” he emphasised.
Naroden, who is also Gedong assemblyman, also reminded the people to appreciate the existing harmony by always promoting and upholding reverence among people so that the family bond in Sarawak could be sustained.
“Merry Christmas and here’s hoping this Christmas will bless us with good health, peace and tranquility,” he added.
Naroden also presented grants totalling RM60,000 to 20 churches in Ulu Simunjan area to facilitate them in organising religious activities. — DayakDaily