KUCHING: Sarawakians showcased their multicultural harmony and unity at Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s Hari Raya open house.
Visitors from everywhere came to the open house at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on the first and second day of Raya.
“My family and I would like to thank everyone who visited our open house. (On the first day) we received about 20,000 visitors from all races. We can see the unity among Sarawak’s different races in celebrating Aidilfitri,” Abang Johari told reporters yesterday.
In addition, he said this year’s celebration was doubly festive as it came just after Gawai, which was celebrated by Sarawak’s Dayak community on June 1 and 2.
“I think visitors to my open house are not only celebrating Raya but also Gawai. This is something that Sarawakians can be proud of. We are united regardless of race, religion or political affiliation,” he said.
Chang Siaw Ling, a teacher from Kuching, said it was “wonderful” that the Chief Minister was so welcoming and being so hospitable to people from different races.
“This will help to promote harmony and racial unity.
“Sarawak is a peaceful land and it’s good to see people from different races sitting side by side, eating and celebrating together,” she said.
Wearing a traditional Chinese costume for the event , Chang also said she was happy to see other guests dressed up in elegant finery for the occasion.
Government servant Roggi William, who came with his family from Samarahan, said this was the second year he was visiting the Chief Minister’s open house.
Visitors were treated to a variety of delicacies including lemang, rendang and Sarawak laksa, while a band played traditional Raya and Gawai music on stage.