Friday, October 18

Sarawak’s unity, harmony a model for others to emulate

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Hee Toh (second left), Wei Kiong (fourth left, front row), and Lee (sixth left, front row) hand over their contributions to Tiong Hook, Lu and Wee respectively.

Hee Toh (second left), Wei Kiong (fourth left, front row), and Lee (sixth left, front row) hand over their contributions to Tiong Hook, Lu and Wee respectively.

KUCHING: Sarawakians should work harder not only to ensure that the prevailing unity and harmony are preserved but also become a model for others.

Simpang Tiga Area Community Association (Staca) founder cum advisor Dato Seri Lau Wei Kiong, who gave the advice, said racial incidents in the peninsula ought to be taken as lessons on the importance of unity and harmony.

“We have never experienced racial conflicts in Sarawak, unlike in West Malaysia. We are very fortunate and blessed to be able to live peacefully together despite our cultural, racial and religious differences,” he said at the association’s Chinese New Year dinner held at Christian Ecumenical Centre here on Tuesday.

“Incidents like the Red Shirt rally and the one at Low Yat Plaza are lessons for everyone, and Sarawakians should continue to set an example on unity and harmony.”

On the association, Wei Kiong said Feb 23, 2016, marked the fifth anniversary of Staca. Last year, the association formed its Youth and Women’s sections.

He said he was happy Staca had done its bit for its members and community, especially in terms of welfare and education.

At the gathering, Wei Kiong donated RM100,000 to the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions. Prominent businessmen Datuk Wong Hee Toh and Vincent Lee Kee Lung followed suit with RM50,000 each.

Federation president Temenggong Lu Kim Yong and vice-presidents Richard Wee and Wong Tiong Hook received the contributions.

Also present at the dinner was Kapitan Lau Sie Lok.