MIRI: The Chinese have always shown loyalty to the state and country aside from playing a pivotal role in socio-economic development of Sarawak and Malaysia, said Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Speaking at a grand Chinese New Year dinner organised by the Chinese associations in Miri on Sunday, he said no one could deny the fact that the Chinese had contributed enormously to every sector of development.
The Sarawak Governor paid his tribute to the Chinese communities in Sarawak and Malaysia, saying that the nation would not be what it was today without them.
They have also been central in helping to uphold racial and religious harmony, he stressed.
“The Chinese people are an integral part of our state and country. Without them we will not be as prosperous as we are today in Sarawak and Malaysia.
“The impact they have made in social and economic growth is there for all to see.
“Aside from that, Malaysians of Chinese descent people have always been loyal to the state and Federal Government.
“That is also a fact that we can all see,” he added.
Taib said he was pleased to see that Malaysian Chinese were playing active roles in the government administration.
He urged them to continue keeping faith in the government’s leadership.
He also lavished praises on the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Taib said that Adenan had performed very well in leading Sarawak during the three years the latter was chief minister.
“We feel sad over his demise but he has left a legacy for all future leaders in Sarawak to emulate,” said Taib.
Federation of Chinese Associations Miri chairman Hii Teck Yun thanked Taib for being helpful to all the races in the state.
He said Taib had always treated all races equally during the 33 years he was chief minister.
“As the Governor, he continues to be fair to all regardless of race and religion,” said Hii.
Taib was in Miri for his Chinese New Year visits to the business and community leaders.
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