Mkh-solid2610-du: Fatimah (right) and Kueh (second left) getting ready to officiate at the Solidarity Ride.

DALAT: The Sarawak Solidarity 2019 programme, held here yesterday, provided an opportunity for people of various backgrounds, especially youths, to interact with each other.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Sri Fatimah Abdullah said previously it was known as the Pupils Integration for Unity Programme (RIMUP).

However, she said RIMUP was no longer in the Education Ministry’s programme now.

“As RIMUP was a good programme, our ministry organises a similar one known as Sarawak Integration and Solidarity Programme (RISS). It is a rebranded RIMUP,” she said when launching the Dalat Sarawak Solidarity 2019 programme at Stadium Perpaduan here yesterday.

According to her, the Sarawak Solidarity 2019 programme here was the second series after Bekenu.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, added the programme also provided an opportunity for people to learn about each other’s culture, language, tradition and heritage.

She was impressed with the response to the programme, especially the Solidarity Walk which attracted 1,300 participants from all walks of life.

Forty-six cyclists from Kelab Basikal Santai Mukah, Igan Cycling Team and Mukah Power Generation Cycling took part in the Solidarity Ride.

Mkh-solid2610-du: Fatimah (right) and Kueh (second left) getting ready to officiate at the Solidarity Ride.

The three-day (Oct 24-26) Sarawak Solidarity 2019 programme here featured RISS, ‘gotong-royong’ programmes and a telematch.

Also present were the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development’s Community Development Section head Atiqah Dolhan who was representing the ministry’s permanent secretary, Dalat District Officer Kueh Lei Poh, ASP John Dicky Ramba (who represented Dalat police chief), and Mukah Division Temenggong Hendi Suhai.