Thursday, December 8

Church-burning incident will not happen in Sarawak, says Chin

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MIRI: Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said Sarawakians are sensible people.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: (Back row, squatting from first to fifth left) Lawrence, Lee, Chin, Andy and Sebastian with guests and members of the Single Mothers’ Assistance Group after the launch of the daycare centre.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: (Back row, squatting from first to fifth left) Lawrence, Lee, Chin, Andy and Sebastian with guests and members of the Single Mothers’ Assistance Group after the launch of the daycare centre.

He assured that incidents such as burning of churches would not happen in the state.

“Honestly, I do not think such incidents will happen in Sarawak. We have been living in peace and harmony for a long, long time because Sarawakians are sensible people,” he said.

He advised the people not to take the law into their own hands and let Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handle the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians.

“We need to cool down and let the PM deal with the matter. He has said he has ways to resolve the matter. We should not become over-emotional because it may lead to worse things, or it could jeopardise our children’s future,” he said at the launch of a day-care centre operated by Single Mothers Assistance Group at Taman Permai in Permyjaya, Tudan yesterday.

Chin said there are ways to get the multi-racial and multi-religious people united as unity is vital to peace and harmony which are the basis of the country’s strength.

“As a Christian, I feel that there are ways for Muslims and Christians to live in peace in one country.

“If we cannot achieve this unity, I fear that the country would have much bigger problems like in other countries where there are religious tensions,” he said, adding that as the PM has promised to resolve the problem, the people should be patient and leave the matter to him.

Regarding the daycare centre, he pointed out that it was for helping low income single mothers who needed people to look after their children while they were at work.

“This proves that the association is very concerned about single mothers and I praise them for it,” he said.

Poor single mothers in Tudan area were also given monetary assistance at the function which was also attended by Assistant Minister of Sport and Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia, Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai, and Chin’s political secretary Sebastian Ting.