Religious leaders urged to use good values to counter bigotry, extremism

Abang Johari (centre) and other state dignitaries during a photo op with the Maulidur Rasul parade participants.

KUCHING, Dec 1: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg urged Islamic leaders and all religious groups to disseminate the good values of their religion to fight against bigots, and religious and racial extremists.

Speaking during the state-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Celebration Square at Jalan Stadium here today, he said the rights of every religion in the country cannot be looked at lightly because this has always guided the multi-religious and multi-racial society of the country to remain united.

He lashed out against selfish religious and racial extremists, blaming them for any backward and non-development being faced by society.

“In Sarawak’s context, I am glad that we have planned and implemented several new approaches while striving for development to ensure that Sarawak continues to be peaceful and in harmony,” added Abang Johari.

The celebration was followed by a parade consisting of 5,279 participants from 128 contingents from various religious bodies, government agencies and statutory bodies. — DayakDaily