Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taib happy S’wakians crossing racial barrier

KUCHING: Sarawak must maintain its uniqueness, such as the Hari Raya Open House, as it depicts its true spirit, said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“We have to protect our way of life. Although we are in Malaysia, we have our own way of life.
“We are more multiracial and relationship goes across racial barrier. And we are very focussed on what we want.
“This is not my opinion. I got feedback from industrialists and they are very happy with Sarawakians,” Taib told the media at his Hari Raya Open House at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.
He urged all races in Sarawak not to lose their own identity.
“If we lose it then we are less than excellent. We’ve got to keep these values whether we are Chinese, Malays, Ibans or Bidayuhs,” he said.

Taib said he found it a wonder that the people did not seem to bother about racial issues too seriously.
“Whatever race we belong to, it doesn’t matter, this makes Sarawak great. And this is the spirit that I am counting on.
“I hoped this will continue as long as possible so that whatever differences we have we are still Sarawakians and Malaysians,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Taib also said he was happy that the number of graduates in Sarawak was increasing speedily.
“And when they leave their universities, they don’t attach too much importance to their status; but they are very focussed on their work.
“And they understand that to be successful in life is our common struggle for a better future,” said Taib.
About 15, 000 people visited the Chief Minister on the first day and some 10,000 visited him yesterday to wish him ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri’.

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