KUCHING: National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique hopes that the spirit of unity shown by the people of Sarawak can be translated in other locations in the country so that there would be no strife among the various races.
“If we want to observe unity occurring in a very good, lively, and healthy atmosphere – this happens in Sarawak. We can see the diversity of life in an atmosphere of harmony and mutual respect.”
She said this when launching the state-level Food Court Unity Keluarga Malaysia at Fauziah Family Food Court, Metrocity Matang on Friday night (Oct 22).
She noted that Fauziah Family Food Court was a site of integration where unity could be created through food, applying the concept of a one-stop centre for people to get the best food in town.
“There are 36 food stalls here. What is special about Fauziah Family Food Court is that various Sarawak ethnic dishes are available here – across various races and ethnicities,” she said.
Halimah said her ministry was in the final stages of completing the Keluarga Malaysia Unity Plan, which would look into diversity in race, ethnicity, and religion among the community.
“The aspiration of Keluarga Malaysia is that we can live in harmony, tolerance, and mutual respect as well as in an atmosphere which is prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable,” she said.
Meanwhile, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the location selected for the launch was indeed very suitable due to its relaxed atmosphere where families could eat together.
“With (Halimah’s) visit here, I am sure this will increase the number of people who know about this place and we hope it will become popular. Here, unity within families and also among members of the society can occur,” she said.