Thursday, December 8

Anglican Church commends Taib for ‘Allah’ stand


Datuk Bolly Lapok

KUCHING: The Anglican Church has commended Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for his “bold and unambiguous stand” on the ‘Allah’ controversy.

Archbishop of the Anglican Province of South East Asia the Most Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok said he hoped that the state and Church would continue to enjoy the same partnership under the new chief minister.

“We hope that under his successor, our much vaunted inclusiveness is maintained, and that the state and the Church would continue to enjoy a partnership that is truly cordial and creative,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Bolly added that Sarawak thrives on its distinct inclusiveness.

He pointed out that Taib’s immediate predecessor Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub had said that Sarawak’s strength lies in the intricate combination of the Malay’s keen political prowess, the Chinese business acumen and industry, and the Dayak’s loyalty and exceptional bravery in her defence.

“Intense speculation has reduced the number of eligible candidates but as yet even at this eleventh hour there seems to be no consensus as to who should succeed Taib,” Bolly said.

“This is to be expected if the contest is indeed between ‘siblings’, and for one who is identified more with Sarawak’s distinct inclusiveness.”