KUCHING: Sarawakians celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri today in unique multiracial harmony, with people of other races joining their Muslim brethren in the celebration.
Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud observed that Sarawakians have accepted the heritage of celebrating festivals together with the purpose of renewing and expanding social ties and relations among family and friends.
“We should be proud because the harmony and peace we enjoy today is the result of tolerance and the spirit of mutual trust among people of various races, cultures, and religions.
“This uniqueness is the strength of Sarawak and it becomes the backbone of unity and political stability in this state. This must be preserved for the coming generations,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message.
Taib said this atmosphere of goodwill could be seen through the close cooperation between all races with regard to economic and social development.
“I hope that the unity and harmony of the people of Sarawak will continue to remain strong in its own mould,” he said.
Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic was still at large, he said Hari Raya Aidilfitri should be celebrated in a moderate manner under the difficult circumstances.
“I take this opportunity to wish ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin’ to all people in this state — Malay, Chinese, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, and others who celebrate this festival,” said Taib.
“Thank God that we can celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in peace and tranquillity. This will certainly raise awareness among the people that our future is tied together, regardless of race, ethnicity and religion, in efforts to bring Sarawak towards greater progress and prosperity by 2030.”
He said the occasion also provided golden opportunity for all to reflect on the achievements of Sarawak in implementing the national agenda of achieving the status of developed nation with high income economy by 2030.
He believed that Sarawakians who are still facing the Covid-19 pandemic would continue to abide by the existing regulations in all situations for the sake of the health of the people and state, and continue to strengthen political stability which is the foundation of socioeconomic development.
“In other words, we must strive to focus and mobilise our efforts towards socio-economic development to raise our achievements to a higher level in line with the national agenda of achieving the status of a developed nation with a high-income economy by 2030 and beyond,” Taib said.