Lee: Cul­tural, re­li­gious di­ver­sity not a hin­drance to harmony in Sarawak

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it were Kong Cheng Ann from Kuch­ing, Mohd Nu­raz­i­man (Be­tong), Mohd Haziq Mirza (Bin­tulu), Muham­mad Tarmizi Kar­nain (Mukah), Lai Tze Hou (Kuch­ing) and Sendry Bakat (Bin­tulu).

Span­ski said their mis­sion and vi­sion is to fight for the needs of Sarawak youth. He thanked all those who have en­trusted them through their votes and strong sup­port.

“We will do our best to bring Sarawak youth to a bet­ter place.

“We are ready to serve all the youth in Sarawak, and the man­date given is a responsibi­lity that we need to per­form well,” he pledged. MIRI: Dif­fer­ences in cul­tural and re­li­gious back­ground have not stopped peo­ple in Sarawak from celebratin­g and shar­ing the joy of var­i­ous fes­tive sea­sons in the state.

In­stead, the peo­ple will come to­gether and sup­port each other in any fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion, Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Lee Kim Shin said.

“In Sarawak, we are very for­tu­nate for be­ing able to cel­e­brate many fes­ti­vals to­gether in an at­mos­phere of harmony.

“There­fore, we should be proud of this and keep on en­sur­ing Sarawak con­tinue to be unique and spe­cial. I’m sure that all of us here would like to see Sarawak con­tinue to be a model for re­li­gious, racial and cul­tural harmony for other states in the coun­try,” he stated in his address when of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Mi­dAu­tumn Fes­ti­val at Miri Times Square on Satur­day.

The Se­nadin as­sem­bly­man cited the Moon­cake Fes­ti­val as a fine ex­am­ple where non-Chi­nese also en­joy and ob­serve the cel­e­bra­tion by eat­ing moon­cakes and even hav­ing fun with lantern ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It is re­ally pleas­ing to see that we have ha­lal moon­cakes pro­duced by our Mus­lim friends here.

“This is some­thing that makes Sarawak very unique com­pared to other states.”

On the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val, he hoped to see the event be­come an an­nual fes­ti­val for the new com­mer­cial area.

The Miri Times Square gave away 1,050 lanterns to seven primary schools here for the fes­ti­val.

They are SJK (C) Chung Hua Tu­dan, SJK (C) Chung Hua Lu­tong, SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop, SJK (C) Chung Hua Pu­jut Miri, SJK (C) Chung San, SJK (C) Chung Hua Miri and SJK North Miri.

All the lanterns which were dec­o­rated by the stu­dents were dis­played at Miri Times Square.

Besides tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion among the stu­dents, there was the sale of hand­i­crafts and lo­cal del­i­ca­cies at more than 20 stalls set up at the site of the fes­ti­val.

Present were As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Datuk Se­bas­tian Ting, Miri mayor Adam Yii, Ma­rina ParkCity chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Chee Siew Pin and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Pan­tai Bayu In­dah Sdn Bhd, Do­minic Chan.

(From right) Chan, Ting, Lee, Yii and Chee giv­ing the thumbs up to the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val at Miri Times Square.

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