MIRI: Senior citizens should advise the younger generation to not be easily influenced by extremists.
Assistant Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the older generation realise how important it is to appreciate the country’s peace and harmony.
He was speaking during a Chinese New Year celebration with members of the Activity Centre for Older Persons (PAWE).
“We must not believe in fake news disseminated on social media by extremists from outside who want to disrupt the peace we have here in Sarawak.
“We must remind the younger generation the hardship experienced during the Japanese Occupation and Confrontation periods.
“It is obvious that our quality of life has improved tremendously since then due to good governance.
“Thus, we must be able to discern for ourselves and not be easily swayed by fake news to safeguard the peace.”
Lee said he was happy to celebrate the occasion with the seniors.
“I am glad that every time I step foot here, the people are all smiles.
“This centre is a place where old folk can come together and enjoy their golden years.
“Your children have grown up and it is now time for you to live life to the fullest.
“Continue to take care of your health and wellbeing,” said Lee who presented a donation of RM10,000 to PAWE.
The centre conducts activities such as tai chi, ping pong, singing and dancing for senior citizens.
Also present were Miri mayor Adam Yii and Miri district officer Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf.