Trust essential for religious harmony

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: The element of trust is essential in ensuring people of various faiths can live in harmony, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

He said it was an important formula that has kept multi racial and religious people in Sarawak living in harmony ever since.

“When National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamad Sadique visited Sarawak, she met with me and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to find the national unity formula in Sarawak.

“I said to her, the formula is simple – you just have to trust one another. This is the principle that Sarawak has and she told me that she wanted to present the formula to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong,” he said.

He disclosed this when visiting St Barnabas Church in Taman Tunku, Miri yesterday. Earlier, he was briefed on the construction of the church by its representative.

Abang Johari said as an inclusive state government, Sarawak had set up Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) tasked to ensure people could practise their religion freely.

“At the end of the day, we just want to serve mankind, all religions teach us to do good things,” he said.

On a request by the church members for an additional RM2.5 million fund for the church’s construction and a piece land adjacent to the church for parking spaces, Abang Johari said the request would be considered.

“I promise you that Unifor will see to it that you will have a complete building. As for the land, I will talk to the Land and Survey Department,” he said.