Saturday, March 23

Sarawak unique for religious unity — Abg Jo


Ahmad Lai (front third left) leads the procession from the Miri Civic Centre with (from front left) Dennis and Lee. Antonio is at right.

MIRI: Sarawak is a unique state where Muslims and non-Muslims have always shown unity on any occasion as the multiracial community can work well together.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said

there are no barriers as the people are united regardless of their religious beliefs or racial background.

“We practise tolerance and harmony in our daily lives among the multiracial community in the spirit of cooperation and consensus,” he said during the Maulidur Rasul celebration here yesterday.

His text of speech was read by Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang.

Among non-Muslim leaders joining the procession were Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Telang Usang assemblyman Dennis Ngau and Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Galis.

Abang Johari said this spirit of working together, taking the initiative and empowering one another across lines of race, culture and religion had succeeded in resolving complex problems within society.

He called on everyone to continue playing a role in upholding unity and tolerance in the state.

Nearly 3,000 participants joined the procession to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birthday here.

They were from government agencies, the private sector, schools, mosques and suraus as well as

non-governmental organisations.