KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) has rolled out its inaugural newsletter entitled ‘CommUnity – Communicating Unity’ on Thursday (Dec 7).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the launch of the newsletter at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, thanking and congratulating YPS for their efforts in sustaining the value of unity and also the concept of working together for the sake of the country and the future.
“This is a very important aspect of our development,” he said, while pointing out that Sarawak was well-known for its unity in diversity, which the country’s top leaders had acknowledged.
“Now we have the concept of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’, and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told me that if you want to see an example of real unity in diversity, you should look at Sarawak.
“Sarawak is the model, so much so that he launched this ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ concept in Kuching. That is a real acknowledgement from the top leadership on the unity prevailing in Sarawak,” he said.
He added that one of Sarawak’s key strengths was the bond of understanding among not only the various ethnic groups but also religious groups, which was not very common in other parts of the country.
“This is already prevalent in our history. Some of the Malays here studied in mission schools while some are in the national schools, so we have that background of understanding and the bond of friendship among us,” he said.
Abang Johari added that this was why the state government had established the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) to extend this understanding, especially between the Muslim and non-Muslim groups.
“In Sarawak, we have this special unit and we really work together and help (non-Muslim religions) build their houses of worship. I believe this cannot be found in other parts (of the country) – only found in Sarawak,” he said.
He said such support and understanding was important as all religions teach universal values, which are positive.