KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu concurred with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) stance of not supporting any form of contradiction to basic rights.
He said as stated in Article 3 and Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, every Malaysian is guaranteed freedom of religion and freedom of association.
“We in Sarawak have been living in peace and harmony, so do not bring about foreign cultures that can destroy the beautiful cultural tapestry of our state.
“Many of us, if not most, dwell in a residence that houses different cultures and beliefs, but we can still sit at the same table to eat.
“Be it through the product of marriage or association, we can live harmoniously and the most important is the element of mutual respect for each other,” he added.
Rentap lauded the virtue of the late former chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem in saying “peduli hal sidak yang lain” and rejected any form of extremism and bigotry.
“The most important is mutual respect and love for Sarawak. This is an obligation as no religion in this world propagates violence.
“Constant engagements with all stakeholders and making collective decisions will further enhance the role of the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) that spearheads the GPS government of being inclusive to all,” he stated.
Recently, the chief minister had clarified that Sarawak will continue to demonstrate religious freedom and that the state government will not entertain elements that contradict the guarantee of religious freedom.
He further said that under his administration, initiatives are also implemented to assist non-Muslims in the state.