MIRI mayor Adam Yii is in a good mood.
He was pleased by The Star Online and Star TV’s stories on the Miri Christmas parade and sent me a message of thanks for the extensive publicity.
The event on Saturday night saw a record crowd of some 45,000 people from all walks of life taking part in the street parade.
Christians and non-Christians came together to usher in the Christmas festivities.
Yii expressed his delight with the huge turnout for the parade and noted that he received many messages of praise from netizens.
“They described the event as an awesome display of multireligious harmony and unity in Miri, ” added Yii.
The Christmas parade was an annual mega event in the city.
It was jointly organised by the Miri City Council and the Association of Churches Sarawak Miri branch.
“We are the only local council in Sarawak that jointly organises such an event with all the churches in Miri (from 15 Christian denominations).
“As the mayor and co-organising chairman of the parade, I am extremely proud to see a record crowd of about 45,000.
“I am very happy to see such level of unity displayed by Christians and people from all other faiths in Miri.
“This multiracial and multireligious show of harmony is priceless and must be preserved at all costs, ” he said in his opening speech at the City Fan Garden before the parade.
Yii also took the opportunity to urge the 350,000 population of Miri to show unity of purpose too in stopping the annual wildfires and haze scourge that has dented the image of Miri.
“Miri is a beautiful place but our image is being tarnished by people who cause massive air pollution through open burning activities.
“The haze caused by such wildfires in Miri have surged in intensity.
“The landowners, especially the big ones, must stop their irresponsible attitude of causing wildfires on their land that causes haze in the city and the state.
“We cannot blame other neighbouring countries for the annual regional haze when we are also a source of the haze woes, ” he said.
Yii wished everyone a Merry Christmas and urged them to use the festive season to spread love among their family and in the society. He urged them to show compassion and care to the less fortunate in society and share the joy of Christmas with them.
The Christmas parade saw volunteer groups from churches and bands and cultural troupes from schools and community bodies filling the streets with music along the 10km route through the city centre.
Indeed, Miri folk can be proud of their unique racial and religious unity, which is a model for the rest of the country.
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