No place in Sarawak for petty issues

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MIRI: Petty issues raised by political parties in Malaya for political mileage have no place in Sarawak.

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said issues such as the Timah whiskey debacle and the use of the word ‘Allah’ are very miniscule.

“In Malaya, the people are always fighting – even on the Timah whiskey issue. Just because it could be a lady’s name, it becomes a problem.

“Timah does not necessarily only mean the lady (as in Fatimah), it also means tin. It is a small thing that has become sensitive to the people but it is not a problem here in Sarawak.

“If our friends from the Christian faith want to use the word ‘Allah’, they can just go ahead. That (matter) is between you and God,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the launch of the Miri City Hall here on Monday (Nov 15).

Abang Johari said there was no need to make a mountain out of a molehill based on such small issues.

“That is also why when the Prime Minister wanted to launch his Keluarga Malaysia concept, he chose Sarawak as its platform. This is because Sarawak is representative of Keluarga Malaysia,” he said.

On the Miri City Hall building, Abang Johari said it symbolised the unity between the state government, the local government and the people.

“I congratulate Miri for having your own city hall but what is important is we maintain the culture that we have, once we do that, we will be prosperous.

“The leaders will come and go; the time will come for me to go. But then, there must be continuity and the leaders must be trained to understand the sensitivities of our races,” he said.

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