MIRI: State minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah is among Sarawak politicians who have conveyed their well-wishes to Christians who are celebrating Holy Week, the most sacred week in the Christian calendar.
In a reflection of the multi-racial and multi-religious spirit in Sarawak, Fatimah, who is a Muslim, said: “To all our Christian colleagues, friends, brothers and sisters, I wish you a blessed Good Friday and a holy Easter.
“I pray that this week of holy celebrations be a spiritual and restful experience for all Christians,” said Fatimah, who is Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister.
Fatimah also said that she and the other state ministers would pray for peace and love to prevail among all people.
Holy Week is the week leading to Easter.
Yesterday, which was Good Friday, marks the crucifixion of Jesus.
Tomorrow will be Easter Sunday, which marks the resurrection of Christ.
Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting extended his well-wishes, too.
“We pray that this most holy week for Christians will foster greater love and peace among Christians and with people of all faiths.
“Good Friday is a celebration of love, forgiveness and mercy. Easter Sunday will be a celebration of hope and salvation.”
He said that in Sarawak, “we are truly grateful that people of all faiths and races can celebrate their religious beliefs and ethnic practices together”.
“Everyone is free to openly practise their traditions without any hindrances.
“We thank God for such harmony and unity in Sarawak,” said Ting, who is Piasau state assemblyman.
In Miri, Catholic diocese Bishop Richard Ng led Catholics in a series of sacred celebrations.