KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak chief whip, Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, has one all-important hope for Sarawakians — that one day all Sarawakians will share the same beliefs and values.

He said it is also his wish for all Malaysians as he believes Sarawakians will attain that and go on spread this to all Malaysians.

Fadillah Yusof

“Ultimately, it is my fervent hope that all Sarawakians and Malaysians in general will one day share those same beliefs and values — the greatness of diversity of cultures and perspectives…that human lives should not be facing life-threatening situations because of where we were born or who we are born to,” Fadillah said in his Malaysia Day message made available here yesterday.

“The importance of sustainability harnessed for the next generation who will inherit and continue with their caretaker roles for the next generation.

‘That every one of us, individually and collectively can make not only Sarawak or Malaysia a better place for everyone, equally and equitably, but the world,” he said.

Fadillah pointed out that the world was demanding innovation at such a rapid pace that endless ideas were needed in order to compete which meant that these endless ideas could not only come from the command and control but must come from everyone involved at all levels.

“Our country needs to develop and empower all Sarawakians and Malaysians to become global citizens in facing these challenges adequately,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Fadillah also expressed that it was his hope that everyone was given the opportunity to play a role in building Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole.

“Instead of the command and control style practised and still being used to manage and administer the country, each and every Sarawakian and Malaysian should be empowered to come up with the best and brightest ideas that have never been thought of before,” he said.

Fadillah, who is also Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) parliamentary chief whip, said youths of today had travelled more than the generations before them and definitely, had a better understanding, and exposure to the wider world through technology and social media.

“Hence, it is imperative that we should not just stop at empowering our youths with the appropriate tools only but also help them develop the passions of social advocacies and community development which creates a sense of interdependency amongst them so that they know how to collaborate peacefully and solve problems cohesively despite differences in culture, religion and background.

“Everyone of us can make a difference in Sarawak and Malaysia if we are empowered to explore our values and share our opinions while respecting others.

“If this is practised, it will be a life changing opportunity for all of us who call ourselves Sarawakians and Malaysians,” he added