Senior lawyer: State govt’s inclusive policies unite Sarawakians, preserves harmonious ties

Shankar (fourth left) presenting a Diwali goody box to a recipients during the Diwali goody boxes handout programme today (Oct 31, 2021), while his wife Karishma Shankar (second right) and others look on.

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KUCHING, Oct 31: The Sarawak government’s approach in developing the State through its inclusive policies has created unity among Sarawakians that benefits everyone as a whole, opines senior lawyer Shankar Ram Asnani.

According to Shankar, the whole idea of the Sarawak government is inclusiveness, where everyone regardless of their religious background and race can come together to participate in the State’s developments under a harmonious environment.

“The Sarawak government doesn’t tear the people apart, instead it brings them together so that the community can progress as a whole and everyone can benefit from it.

“When there is harmony, the country will progress very fast,” he said after the handover of Diwali goody boxes for the Indian community, held in conjunction with the coming Diwali festival celebration, at Tiger Sugar in Jalan Tun Jugah here today.

Dr Sim (front, third left), Shankar (front, fourth right) and his wife Karishma (front, third right), Lucy (front, second right), together with Sih (front, second left) posing for a group photo with the programme’s VIPs after the handing over of Diwali boxes.

During the programme, a total of 350 Diwali goody boxes were handed over to members of the Indian community by Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Meanwhile, Shankar who is also the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple president, said the programme is held mainly for the Indian community in Kuching.

In Kuching, he noted, the Indian community includes the Hindu community, of which some members are Chinese as well as natives.

“The Diwali goody boxes are gifts to them on this auspicious occasion in conjunction with the Diwali festival celebration that is coming up,” he added.

A Hindu priest receiving a Diwali goody box from Shankar (centre) and his wife Karishma (right).

Shankar also conveyed his gratitude to Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Lintang branch chairman Sih Hua Tong, Penghulu Lucy Lingam, Penghulu Giam Ann Kee, Kapitan Chai Ming Chin and other representatives from various Indian associations for their presence at the event. — DayakDaily.