KUCHING: Sarawakians must continue to build bridges between one another to maintain unity and facilitate economic development, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
"We must not fall into the trap of dwelling on our differences. Rather, we must celebrate our diversity and draw strength from our various racial and religious backgrounds," he said at the opening of an interfaith harmony forum here Monday (March 18).
His speech was read by Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
The forum was organised by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), National Unity and Integration Department and Sarawak Islamic Information Centre in conjunction with the Sarawak Interfaith Harmony Week celebration this week.
Abang Johari said the state government set up Unifor in 2017 because it believed that Sarawakians must care for one another.
"We not only want to ensure that the Muslims are well looked after, we also want to ensure that our friends from other religions are taken care of in the true meaning of our unity in diversity.
"We also want to ensure that we are not only dishing out money to build churches and temples but more importantly, in our earnestness to help our non-Muslim friends, we are building a united and harmonious Sarawak," he said.