DO NOT resort to using arguments based on religious or ethnic grounds when fighting for political supremacy.
That is the message that must be conveyed to all political parties and aspirants in this run-up period to the 12th state elections in Sarawak.
There are already certain quarters making statements and comments touching on matters relating to these sensitive topics.
They are trying to promote themselves as champions of their race in the state polls, which pundits believe will be held by end of the year.
But what they are doing is a cause for worry as issues on religion and race can cause serious misunderstandings and division.
While celebrating Malaysia Day, we must remember that all parties should cater to people of all religions and ethnic groups.
They should be fielding candidates for the coming state elections who are people-oriented leaders and who will serve constituents of all races.
Anyone playing the racial card is not welcome as there is no place for religious or racial slurs in the political arena in Sarawak.
It does not matter whether party leaders or candidates are Chinese, Malay, Indian, Dayak or Orang Ulu or from any other race.
They must serve all people, regardless of ethnicity and religion.
Sarawakians celebrate our multiculturalism as can be seen by our multiracial composition.
Our Malaysia Day celebrations reflect this unity.
Those jostling for one of the seats in the hotspots are working overtime to get support.
Even the ruling state component parties have started flexing their muscles to ensure they get to contest in the prized areas in the coming polls.
The current state assembly term ends in June next year but it is widely believed that snap polls will be called by mid-November.
Sarawak has 82 state constituencies and 31 parliamentary seats.