SIMANGGANG: Sarawak is fortunate because its leaders uphold the principle of being fair to the people regardless of race, religion and background.
Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said he was fair to all, including assisting the non-Muslim community.
“That is why we have the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor). Aside from developing our mosques and suraus, we help non-Muslims to develop their houses of worship as well,” he said when officiating at the Sri Aman Division Mosques and Surau Leadership Integrity Seminar at Hotel Sri Simanggang here on Tuesday (Nov 30).
He shared how he had recently been to Sungai Asap and visited the Borneo Evangelical Mission (BEM) Church there, for which the state government had allocated RM10 million to develop.
Through fair leadership and integrity, he said the future of Sarawak was bright.
On the seminar, he said it was indeed a meaningful one especially from an Islamic perspective, as a reminder on the importance of carrying out tasks with trust.
“From an Islamic point of view and perspective, trust is very important in managing our respective responsibilities,” said Abang Johari.
He said in this regard, an example to be followed was the responsibilities carried out by Prophet Muhammad with trust and integrity.
“We know the history of Prophet Muhammad migrating from Mecca to Medina, building Masjid Quba followed by Masjid an-Nabawi. And with a high level of integrity, he ruled justly between the Muslim and non-Muslim people,” he said.
He said this was an example which people should study in-depth when they were given responsibilities, including the management of mosques and surau.
“The people who are entrusted to take care of mosques and surau are taking care of the house of God,” he said.
He said that he along with other state leaders who were given the authority to manage the state also followed such principles in governing the multiracial and multi-religious society here fairly.
At the same time, Abang Johari said having knowledge together with integrity was also important.