KUCHING: Unity and racial harmony matters to a multi-cultural society such as Sarawak, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He emphasised this during the Maulidur Rasul event held at Celebration Square, Sarawak Stadium Complex in Petra Jaya here yesterday.
He said a country would not be able to enjoy stability without peace, unity and harmony among the community. The differences in race, religion and faith should not lead to dispute and disunity among the people.
“Instead, such differences should represent the natural character of human beings that ought to be appreciated. We shall respect one another and our differences.”
Abang Johari continued to point out that diversity in culture, race and religion of a country should serve as a value to shape balanced development. He believed that a society would remain harmonious and conducive to all if the right framework of principle was put in place.
According to the chief minister, the basic right of every race and religion should neither be taken lightly nor be threatened by any individuals. Abang Johari said all races and religions ought to accommodate one another so as to give sustenance to social unity.
“Religious or racial extremism is a major disease that gives rise to a split in a society. Because of this, dialogue sessions and lectures on noble values asserted by various religions should be held for their followers,” he said.
He added that mass media, be they the print or electronic media should serve as the backbone throughout the implementation process.
He hoped that people of Sarawak would continue to uphold the right values for the continual progress of the state as well as a more united Malaysia. Acting Head of State Tan Sri Datuk Amar Bujang Mohd Nor graced the celebration.