Religious freedom: We owe it to good governance, leadership

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KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government helmed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg must be lauded for continuing to lead the way in championing and demonstrating religious freedom, said Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie.

“Sarawak, as we all know, is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual, and many more yet we have been able to live harmoniously with each other through respect and tolerance.

“It all boils down to good governance and leadership that leads to religious freedom,” stated the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women chief.

She commented that the setting of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) in Sarawak was exemplary.

“As far as I know, Sarawak is the only state thus far that has demonstrated religious tolerance. It is indeed a step ahead.

“All religions in Sarawak are treated fairly and all races regardless of their religious background live harmoniously with each other.

“Having said this, we must reject any outside influence and culture that attempt to disrupt our harmony.

“Sarawak government and its leaders do not indulge in petty issues, instead we are focused in persevering to make the state a developed region for the people regardless of its diversity,” she said.

She also advised Sarawakians to know their rights and understand the law of the country especially on matters concerning religion.

“Do not be a religious extremist and do not use religion for political mileage because these do not fare well in plural Sarawak,” she reminded.

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