KUCHING: The 84th birthday celebration for Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was a chance for people from all walks of life to put their differences aside and unite.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said instances where everyone gathers in the spirit of religious harmony and tolerance has become increasingly rare at present.
“Because of the unity and peace enjoyed, we are able to have a prosperous and strong Sarawak.
“As a result of Sarawak’s prosperity, it allows the government to provide assistance to all religions every year,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, the Batu Kawa assemblyman attended an interfaith thanksgiving dinner to celebrate the birthday of the head of state.
Dr Sim lauded the people of Sarawak who came together in the spirit of unity to attend the head of state’s birthday celebration.
“Thanks to all the other religions in Sarawak who came together to help set up Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) which was started in 2017 and also for their solidarity in fighting Covid-19,” he said.
Dr Sim also urged the people to be moderate in their views and to not fall prey to the lure of extremism which will harm the community.
“Beware of extremists, bigots and opportunist with evil intentions from inside and outside of Sarawak who are trying to divide Sarawakians.
“They only seek to destroy Sarawak’s unique religions tolerance, racial harmony and unity that is dear to our hearts which we take great pride in,” he said.