State secretary: Festive celebrations enable Sarawak Family to foster strong bonds

Jaul (second right) accompanies Abang Johari (centre) and Awang Tengah (left) during the tour of booths at the event. Photo by: Sarawak Information Department (Japen Sarawak)

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 16: The Sarawak Family has fostered strong bonds through various festive celebrations which serve as a platform to rekindle people’s understanding, respect, tolerance and acceptance for each another.

State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion emphasised that festivals like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Gawai Dayak, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas are important to Sarawakians as it teaches people to embrace one another in a bond of love.

“This is what we want to achieve through the celebration of festivals. We do not want our festivals to be just another festival or just another holiday without any particular objectives.

“Festivals are occasions for us to celebrate and to promote communal harmony and to build social relations and social communications among us through our culture of holding open house or one such as what we are celebrating today.

“This is one way for us to work together to achieve desirable results in the State civil service,” he said when speaking at the Premier of Sarawak’s Department Raya-Gawai celebration at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.

Abang Johari poses on a Vespa scooter for a photo-call with State leaders. Photo by: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

Citing Henry Ford’s quote of “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success”, Jaul expressed his hope that all civil servants in Sarawak will continue to work diligently as a strong and united team to achieve the mission and vision of the Sarawak government in line with the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

“It is also important for all civil servants to put aside selfishness and always be humble and not arrogant.

“Congratulations to every unit in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department for making this celebration a success,” he added.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg later officiated at the function and took a tour of all the booths showcasing a wide variety of food in Sarawak.

DUN Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Deputy Premiers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian as well as other ministers and deputy ministers were among those present. — DayakDaily