Fadillah signs a ‘My Malaysia Day: Diary of An Artist’ exhibition poster as Ahmad (left) and Rahah (2nd left) look on.

KUCHING: The people have been urged to continue to remain united in order to remain strong and be able to face challenges ahead.

Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said when Malaysia was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic the people remained strong together to curb the spread of the disease.

“There are many challenges and sacrifices we have to be made due to the pandemic, but we managed to handle it. That shows how unity among people is important for a country when overcoming a challenge,” he said at ‘My Malaysia Day: Diary of An Artist’ exhibition at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak today (Sept 12).

He said the spirit of strong unity among the people have proven that although the number of positive Covid-19 cases hit three digits, the situation was handled in a controlled manner.

“Therefore, whatever strategy was taken to control the spread of the disease must be continued because the country is now in the process of reviving its economy,” he said.

He said as the country heads into the recovery stage, he believed that with the cooperation of all, the economy could recovery.

In the meantime, Fadillah hoped that as Malaysia Day approaches the people must remember how the country was formed.

“It is important to understand the formation of Malaysia. Instilling the spirit of patriotism among the people can be done through art exhibition, poem or song writing,” he said.

He also hoped to see the people regardless of their differences continue to live in peace and harmony.

Also present at the event were University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) assistant vice chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit and exhibition curator Dr Rahah Hassan.

The exhibition which started yesterday and will run until Sept 25 was organised by Unimas, Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), and Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in conjunction with the Malaysia Day.

It features works by academics and invited artist that includes works in paintings, drawings, mixed media as well as ceramics and sculptures.