Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

THE country is in grave danger if the current racial and religious polarisation in the nation is left unchecked.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said if it is not managed properly and carefully, it would become the seed of discontent among Malaysians.

“If you can really manage this, then the people would feel that they are equal and that in terms of power sharing, they are there,” he said in an exclusive with New Sarawak Tribune recently.

Abang Johari said this, recalling the conversation he had with National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, who visited him earlier this month.

Commenting on the role of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) in Sarawak, he also recalled that he was told that there were no allocations to build houses of worship in Malaya, by Halimah’s deputy Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

“But to us here, we give assistance to our brothers and sisters of other faiths.

“This is the mutual respect that must be there and once you have that; you will develop your society in terms of socioeconomic development.

“That will be just and fair and everyone will have equal opportunities. Those who are already developed must give assistance to others in order for a balance in terms of sharing the wealth of the country,” he said.

Abang Johari said unity was also paramount in realising Sarawak’s vision to become a developed state by 2030.

“Unity and political stability must be there as that is the key. If we are not united and not stable politically, then it would cause worry to investors. But once you have unity, the distribution of wealth and opportunities must be fair and just,” he said