KUCHING: The people must get rid of and avoid the feeling of distrust among themselves to prevent being manipulated with lies and falsehood by outsiders.
They should instead continue to work together and strengthen the solidarity between them, advised Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“We must get rid of feeling of distrust among ourselves. If we cannot work together and the strengthening of solidarity is not sustainable, it will be very easy for outsiders to continue to manipulate the people with lies and falsehood.
“The prevailing situation of peace and harmony also reminds and gives us the realisation that the peaceful environment is the fruit of efforts to ensure that the state and the people can achieve sustainable progress and unity,” Taib said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message.
He pointed out that the people must make the best use of whatever awards that have been given for good purposes, and to avoid as far as possible doing something bad, adding that indulging in bad practices like spreading falsehood against individuals can bring quarrels and destructions to the state.
Taib also pointed out that a matured society will not become easy target of cheating by the foreign agenda and propaganda, which have bad intention towards the state and the unity and solidarity of the people.
He further said that with the way of life of the community interacting among themselves in peace and harmony, the state can feel proud and dignified by the way the people can live together and have mutual respect for each other and where everybody can practise their own religion without any restrictions and criticisms from any quarters.
“This is the spirit that we want to absorb into our community, which comprises diverse ethnic groups, without having misunderstanding and quarrels among the members. Actually, the state of Sarawak, which is peaceful and harmonious, will become more progressive and have a bright future ahead.
“Actually, the spirit of unity and cooperation that we are imbibing and protecting all this while and the continuous efforts we make to imbibe in our children to ensure the unity and harmony that we are enjoying will remain in perpetuity in future,” he stressed.
Taib also said even though Muslims in Sarawak represent a minority community, it remains a big responsibility because Islam organises activities to serve the welfare and preserve the rights of all the people regardless of their ethnic origins, religious beliefs and customs and traditions, adding that Muslims “upgrade ourselves and our community so that we will not be left behind”.
He hoped that the tradition of visiting one another during Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be made continuous because it has already become a good trend for the people in Sarawak, comprising diverse racial and religious groups.
“It is important that we must restore and make the relationship to be clear and continue to be friendly and strong for the sake of the unity and solidarity of the people and the state of Sarawak,” he said.