Merry pa­rade through Miri

Peo­ple of all races join in Christ­mas fun

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By STEPHEN THEN stephen­[email protected]­

MIRI: A Christ­mas pa­rade through the city here at­tracted tens of thou­sands of peo­ple of var­i­ous races.

State Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian said the huge turnout yes­ter­day re­flected the ac­cep­tance of all races and re­li­gions, which is a boon to Sarawak.

“Sarawak has some­thing that is very pre­cious that we must pro­tect at all costs.

“This spirit of to­tal ac­cep­tance among Sarawakians of all races and re­li­gions is very rare,” said Dr Sim, who rep­re­sented the state gov­ern- ment in the pa­rade.

He said the state had given RM15mil this year for non-Mus­lims to up­grade their houses of wor­ship, while RM20mil will be al­lo­cated next year.

Mean­while, Mayor Adam Yii thanked the 15 churches in Miri for co- or­gan­is­ing the mam­moth Christ­mas pa­rade with the city coun­cil.

This is the 11th year run­ning that the pa­rade has been held, he added.

Among the crowd were stu­dents, com­mu­nity groups and tourists.

City Coun­cil of­fi­cials es­ti­mated as many as 40,000 at­tended yes­ter­day’s pa­rade.

Sea­son’s greet­ings: The crowd of peo­ple tak­ing part in the Miri mam­moth Christ­mas pa­rade.

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