Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) watches the prepared video montage at the function. Also seen (from left) Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi. Photo: UKAS

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to inculcate integrity as a major part of their lives in order to develop themselves and the community.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with integrity and ample knowledge, the people will be able to lead better lives and become responsible leaders in the community.

“A philosopher once said, ‘if we have knowledge but without integrity, we will be abusing the knowledge and oppress others. But if we have integrity without knowledge, we too can’t move forward’.

“Meaning if we have knowledge and integrity, not only will we be able to move forward and improve ourselves, but we can also contribute back to the community,” he said when officiating at a seminar on integrity in Bintulu today.

Abang Johari said integrity is demanded by every religion and a universal value which every person needed to be equipped with.

“One must have good characters for them to execute the responsibilities given to them,” he said.

The chief minister said in Islam, the value of trustworthiness and integrity had been taught and exemplified by Prophet Muhammad himself.

“That is why Prophet Muhammad was called by the name Al-Amin, which means trustworthy,” he said.

He said along with the value of trustworthiness, Muslims were also urged to obtain knowledge as the first revelation received by the Prophet was telling mankind to read and be enlightened.

“So, we need to execute our responsibilities well as humans and do what is asked of us. If we contribute back to society, we will be rewarded (in the hereafter),” he said.

Abang Johari said for Muslims, integrity was also part of their religious pillar to be virtuous persons.

“That is why we pray to God for Him to lead us along a straight path, if we don’t, all of us will be crooked,” he said.