Strong racial harmony and unity in Sarawak will continue to grow — CM

Abang Johari (red batik, centre) arrives at the mooncake festival. To his left is Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING, Sept 12: Racial harmony and unity in Sarawak has grown stronger in the past and will continue to do so, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“This is very obvious, especially during the festive seasons, where the entire communities from different race and religion will come together to celebrate,” he said at 18th Kuching Inter-Cultural Mooncake Festival, here, yesterday evening.

He added that in Sarawak, the people could easily mix with one another without qualms and the huge numbers of interfaith marriages have also contributed to the diversity, bringing Sarawakians from so many different communities together to celebrate the various festivals.

“We are grateful that Sarawak remains peaceful and harmonious. The harmony we enjoy today is the result of the tolerance and close ties among our people of various ethnic groups, cultures and religion.

“Such unity is also a solid foundation for the development and socio-economic progress of Sarawak, which have changed so much for the better and people are now able to seize the many opportunities in the state to raise their living standard and enhance their lifestyle,” he continued.

Abang Johari (red batik) opening the mooncake festival. He is flanked by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and festival co-organising chairman Sim Kiang Chiok.

Even though there are some problems here and there, Abang Johari said unity in Sarawak has remained intact due to the state’s leaders for laying a strong foundation and fostering good values among the population.

He pointed out that all political and community leaders should come together to continue safeguard the prevailing peace and harmony. — DayakDaily