KUCHING, Dec 24: Sarawakians, especially the youth, need to play a role in preserving and strengthening the unity and harmony that the people have long enjoyed as it becomes the pillar of strength of Sarawak.
Sarawak Head of State (TYT) Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud emphasised that unity and harmony are important factors that need to be constantly instilled in the diverse community of Sarawak, made up of people of different races and religions.
He reminded that close unity would become Sarawak’s strength in facing various challenges, including global competition and even the Covid-19 epidemic.
In fact, he hopes that the value of respect for one another, which has been practised in Sarawak, will always be upheld.
“We are thankful to the Sarawak government and charitable bodies, including generous individuals who have extended their help regardless of religion and race during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This shows that Sarawakians are caring people, value unity and harmony and help each other,” he said in his Christmas message in a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today.
Taib also expressed his gratitude to all the frontline workers from government agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) for their commitment, efficiency and efforts in dealing with and containing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak.
“We are aware and understand how many challenges they have faced when the pandemic hits in ensuring the safety and well-being of the people is always taken care of and under control.
“We respect all their efforts, and I thank them all,” he added.
Taib also noted that the Sarawak government had spent RM6.7 billion through nine packages of Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) to help ease the burden of the people during the tough times.
He also applauded the Sarawak government for the Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, which provides a clear direction and objectives to transform Sarawak into an advanced and high-income State by 2030.
In this regard, Taib called on all Sarawakians to continue to join hands and work hard to ensure success and achieve the aspiration of PCDS 2030.
He also encourages all to join their Christian friends in the celebration, including visiting one another to strengthen further the bonds of brotherhood and unity among the community in Sarawak.
“I wish all Sarawakians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” — DayakDaily