BAU: Things are done differently in this predominantly Bidayuh town, where a political event in Tasik Biru started off with a Christian prayer.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who is a Muslim, sat on stage listening respectfully as the local church leader of the Bidayuh community recited the prayer in the local dialect.
The audience could be heard responding with “Amen” several times.
Christian prayers before the start of public events are quite common in Sarawak which is known for its multi-cultural tolerance.
In the 2011 state election, former chief minister Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud visited a church in Mukah where he told the priest that he should consider expanding the church.
The Tasik Biru event yesterday was for the local community to meet and greet Adenan.
Tasik Biru is located about 50km away from Kuching.
The state seat will see a straight fight between SPDP’s Datuk Henry Harry Jinep and DAP’s Mordi Bimol.
During his speech, Adenan highlighted the contributions of the Bidayuh community to the state.
He called on the community to continue giving its support to Barisan Nasional to ensure further success and development.