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Published: Sunday January 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday January 5, 2014 MYT 2:52:47 PM

Avoid antagonism at all costs

KUCHING: Government leaders must come up with long-term and effective solutions to preserve and enhance national unity.

Making this call, SUPP Central Youth and Women wings said they were greatly worried that mounting racial and religious tension, if not addressed properly, could lead to wider antagonism between Malaysians of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

It also urged the public, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and political parties to remain calm and refrain from taking drastic action.

“We are shocked that the Selangor Islamic Affairs Depart–ment (Jais) had raided the Bible Society of Malaysia’s office without even producing a warrant and seized Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles.

“On top of that, some NGOs had threatened to hold protests in front of churches in Selangor. Such act is unacceptable and we strongly condemn any provocative behaviour that can potentially tarnish the process of national integration,” they said in a statement yesterday.

Both SUPP wings also reminded all Malaysians that freedom of religion was clearly stated and protected under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

“The state government has done a great job in promoting unity among all Sarawakians, regardless of one’s racial, cultural and religious background.

“As Sarawakians, we have a great sense of mutual understanding and respect towards each other’s cultures and beliefs. This is a tradition we are proud of and intend to uphold for as long as we can,” they added.

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