Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating the 'Kolokium Ke Agungan Al-Quran' witnessed by from left State Islamic Department Director Ustaz Khalidi Ibrahim, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, State DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, DBKU Mayor Datuk Junaidi Reduan, President of State Islamic Council Datuk Misnu Taha, Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Department (DBKU and Islamic Affairs) Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi and State Mufti Datuk Kipli Yasin. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Sarawak government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg assured that it will continue bringing fairness to all including Muslims and the non-Muslims community.

Abang Johari said being a Muslims and practicing Islam, it has been taught in the Al-Quran that Muslims must help and looked after those who are also non-Muslims.

“That is why being the chief minister of Sarawak, and I have to be fair to all based on the teachings of Islam,” he said.

“So when I’m being fair to everyone, don’t twist facts around, don’t say that why I have helped this person, but I did not helped the other one. This is what I meant by bad influence,” he said during the opening of the Ke Agungan Al-Quran colloquium at Sarawak Islamic Complex yesterday.

He said God has chosen him to lead the state, and he has to do his part especially in bringing development to the state so that the future generations can benefit from it.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating the ‘Kolokium Ke Agungan Al-Quran’ witnessed by from left State Islamic Department Director Ustaz Khalidi Ibrahim, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, State DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, DBKU Mayor Datuk Junaidi Reduan, President of State Islamic Council Datuk Misnu Taha, Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (DBKU and Islamic Affairs) Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi and State Mufti Datuk Kipli Yasin. Photo: Ramidi Subari

“If I abuse this power and do no good, I’m afraid one day when I die I will be judged,” he said.

He said which is why the Muslims in the state too have to be careful and not be tempted to follow the wrong path.

“Sometimes we then to be lalai (negligent) or in Bahasa Sarawak they said layap (complacent). The fall of Islam will happen if we are neglectful.

“When we are neglectful, bad influences comes and take over. That is why Muslims here must never let this happen,” he said.

He then urged Muslims in the state to remain united, continue to respect each other especially those who are non-Muslims.

“Over there (Semenanjung Malaysia), Muslims there are not united and are breaking apart.

“There they have UMNO, PAS, AMANAH, BERSATU and PKR. Muslims breaking into this five… So what happened there we must not let it happen here in Sarawak,” he said.

The chief minister said Sarawak has been enjoying peace and harmony for many years and Sarawakians must defend the state and preserve this unity.