Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Although domestic issues have been repeatedly distorted and manipulated by those with malicious intentions to agitate the nation’s communities, Malaysians must remember that a harmonious atmosphere is a vital cornerstone to keep stability in the country, says Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president said that Malaysians should accord mutual understanding and trust to each other, adding that any misunderstanding and conflict should be resolved amicably with an intention to constructive criticism.

“We must not forget that the original aim of forming Malaysia was for the long-term and continuous development of the country by uniting the people and promoting the integration of our myriad of cultures,” he said in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

“The peoples of Malaysia hail from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Yet, our different beliefs and creeds cannot erode the closeness of our national identity as we are all from the same soil, the same nation, and receive the same national education,” said the Bintulu MP.

Therefore, he emphasised that all Malaysians must cherish and appreciate the hard-working people living and working peacefully in the country over the years, while being accepting of each other’s customs and beliefs in a harmony that many countries can only envy.

“Let us all work together to lead Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to new heights in the spirit of unity among all the leaders, and remain a model for unity and harmony for our beloved people of Sarawak with our outstanding political achievements and a sincere commitment to serve the people.”

He explained that this way, the hearts of the people would stay on the same path, working towards reviving the economy and revitalising social harmony for a brighter future.

“Let us fulfil our noble commitment to the people – to take Sarawak to new heights, strive for the people’s rights, strengthen Sarawak’s sovereign status, to catalyse again the prosperity and progress of our society.

“In this matter, the people of Malaysia have the same goals, with one mind to work towards a brighter future for the country.”

He noted that this year marked the second consecutive year that the Malaysia Day celebrations were held in Sarawak, adding that this reflected the rise of Sarawak’s status in the country.

Tiong said that although the celebration may be somewhat dampened due to the Covid-19 pandemic and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, the most important thing was to convey the historical significance of Malaysia Day.

“Let’s use this day to instil the concept of national unity in our children, and make greater strides towards a stable and prosperous society.”