KUCHING: Sarawak’s Malay community must preserve unity among themselves and with other communities so that the state can continue to develop.
Making this call, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said unity was the key to the community’s success over the years.
“But we cannot take this for granted. We need to identify our weaknesses and correct them for our unity to remain strong,” he said when opening a Malay cultural seminar here yesterday.
Awang Tengah said unity and development were the goals of the state government’s leadership under Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“We want Sarawak to be a developed, high-income state by 2030.
“Various initiatives have been introduced to take back our oil and gas rights, such as amending the Oil Mining Ordinance and setting up Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros),” he said.
Awang Tengah also reminded the Malay community not to ignore the rights of others communities in protecting their own rights and interests.
For instance, he said the setting up of the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) should not be misunderstood.
“Unifor was set up to preserve the harmony in Sarawak’s multicultural society, where people from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds live together in unity.
“No single race can rule on its own without working together with the others. This is the reality.
“As Malays, we should be united and continue to respect and work together with the other communities in the state,” he said.
The three-day seminar was organised by the Sarawak Malay Cultural Foundation with the theme “Managing Culture in the Digital Era”.
The topics discussed included politics, education, rural development and leadership.