S’wak govt committed to justice in governing multi-racial, multi-religious State, says Premier

Abang Johari speaking at the State-level Maulidur Rasul assembly and procession at Padang Merdeka in Kuching on Sept 28, 2023. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Sept 28: The Sarawak government is committed to emphasising justice in governing a multi-racial and multi-religious State in tandem with its efforts to develop Sarawak into a prosperous and developed State, says Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Premier highlighted that the effort is inspired by the character of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, as evidenced by the development of the Madinah Charter, which emphasises justice in state governance.

“Sarawak takes the example of the Great Prophet Muhammad SAW who created a Madinah Charter, which is the law that is used in government today.

“We know that the charter places a strong emphasis on justice and tolerance when it comes to caring for both Muslims and non-Muslims,” he said when speaking at the State-level Maulidur Rasul assembly and procession at Padang Merdeka here today.

According to Abang Johari, the Madinah Charter, which is currently utilised in government administration, plays a crucial role in fostering unity within the community.

“This practice of tolerance can be clearly seen when the Prophet Muhammad SAW agreed to sign an agreement with the monks at St Catherine’s monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in 625 AD.

“The agreement has been recorded in world history as an agreement document that reflects the glory of his majesty’s character in maintaining relations between religions,” he said.

The Premier also noted that the event today was to commemorate the birthday and struggle of the great leader Prophet Muhammad SAW.

“For us Muslims, today is to remember the struggle of our great leader Prophet Muhammad SAW and take lessons from his struggle to uphold justice and continue the preaching of Islam throughout the region.

“Our great prophet (Prophet Muhammad SAW) is a leader, administrator, commander, and a strategic person in developing Islam in all corners of the world,” he added.

Among others present at the event were Head of the State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib; Abang Johari’s wife, Puan Sri Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang; Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and his wife Datin Amar Fatimah Mohamad Iskandar; and Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts (MTCP) Sarawak Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. — DayakDaily