Sarawak’s unity in diversity highlighted at launch of Neon Trend Market

Lo (fifth left) and others in a group photo after lighting up the giant Christmas tree to launch the Neon Trend Market at Lee Ling Heights on Jalan Penrissen in Kuching on Dec 13, 2023.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Dec 14: A gentle drizzle last night did not deter a crowd of different ethnicities and religions from attending the grand opening ceremony of the Neon Trend Market at Lee Ling Heights on Jalan Penrissen.

Batu Kitang assemblyman Dato Lo Khere Chiang, representing Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian, officially opened the market by lighting up a giant Christmas tree.

“Religion has never been a big issue among the people in Sarawak. We have to look after the interests of every community and every faith.

“But we must not take things for granted, because it’s only in Sarawak that we have Unifor (Unit for Other Religions), it’s only in Sarawak the GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government takes care of other religions other than Islam, and we can’t find this in any other part of Malaysia.

“It’s all by the grace of God that we have what we have today. A good government that takes care of every religion and every corner of the community,” Lo said in his speech before launching the Neon Trend Market.

He pointed out that Sarawak has a diverse population comprising people of various ethnicities and religions who can celebrate their festivals peacefully.

Lo also noted that cultural and religious diversity is not an impediment to Sarawakians forming a united and peaceful society founded on mutual respect.

The Neon Trend Market launch brought together people from different communities, including Chinese, Malays, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Indians, and others, to celebrate the opening.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of you in facing any situation, whether it is from a political or economic point of view, we must always be united and united to ensure the continued peace and harmony of Sarawak,” Lo added. — DayakDaily

Diverse communities gathered to witness the grand opening ceremony of the Neon Trend Market.
A photo of the Neon Trend Market’s Christmas tree before it was lit up.