SIBU: The state government will not bow to pressure from any quarters to allow religious and political bigots from entering the state.
Instead, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said the state would remain steadfast in barring these people from entering for good.
Speaking at the launching of Borneo Cultural Festival’s (BCF) Tradex (trade and exhibition) on Thursday night, he said though there were some forms of extremism and radicalism in the state from west Malaysia, their numbers, however, were limited.
“The Chief Minister has made it a point to bar all these elements from coming in to pollute our harmonious atmosphere of our society. The state government will be steadfast on this matter and very firm that no extreme elements or ideas of radicalism can come to our shore,” he said.
Wong added that the state did this as it wanted to preserve and cherish the existing harmonious society that it had.
“We felt deeply honoured of the harmonious society and we ought to cherish what we have to re-inforce and nurture what we have so we can have a happier community to live in,” he added.
The festival, he said, was organised yearly to showcase the multi-racial and multi-religious society in the town.
“The BCF is a manisfestation of our community, working together with different religious and cultural backgrounds. We are here to promote further understanding so that we can forge social solidarity and can have a better community spirit to move forward,” he said.
He further promoted the festival by saying that it was organised to bring greater unity among the people, particularly those who cared for one another.
Separately, he supported the decision by Sibu Municipal Council to postpone Visit Sibu Year from 2016 to 2017.
He explained that the decision of the council was a wise move considering that it must be fully ready before the event could take off.
“The Sibu-Kota Kinabalu air connectivity and tourist attraction sites are not ready yet. It is important that we are fully ready or else we do not embark on this ambitious project,” he added.
.With it being postponed to 2017 now, we will make it a success when the event comes,” he added.