Blessing: Francis performing a ‘tepung tawar’ on Adenan and Jamilah at the gathering in Sri Aman.
SRI AMAN: Sarawakians should never tell those from other races to return to their ancestral homelands.
“For instance, no one should tell the Chinese to go back to China or the Indians to go back to India,” Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said.
He said Sarawak was large enough to accommodate everyone and furthermore, the people must preserve the racial unity that exists in the state among diverse races, religions and cultures.
Speaking at a meet-the-people gathering at the Civic Centre here yesterday, Adenan said unity was vital for maintaining peace and harmony in the state.
Harmony, in turn, was important to ensure political stability for greater economic growth and development, he said.
“With political stability, we can continue to develop the state’s economy and reduce the gap between the rich and the poor,” the Chief Minister said.
He added that the gap could be bridged through skills development, the use of technology and industrial development in rural areas.
“We also need to continue efforts to provide basic infrastructure in rural areas, including roads, electricity and water supply, so that rural folks can enjoy the same development as their urban counterparts,” he said.
In line with this, he said he would request the Federal Government to give greater focus to rural development in the 11th Malaysia Plan.
At the event, Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis performed a tepung tawar ceremony for Adenan and his wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu in honour of his appointment as Sarawak’s fifth