MIRI: Love of the family and peace in our multiracial society must be cherished, nurtured and protected at all cost, says Miri Mayor Adam Yii.
In his Christmas message to the 370,000 population of Miri district, he said that for a person, nothing could be more precious than a loving family.
And for society, nothing could be more important than peace among all races and religions, he said.
“How time flies. Christmas is here and the year 2019 is coming to an end in a week.
“As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ tomorrow on Dec 25, I take this opportunity to wish all Mirians a very wonderful Christmas.
“On behalf of my own self, my family and the Miri city council, I take this opportunity to wish all Christians – and also our friends from all faiths – a blessed Christmas,” he told reporters here on Tuesday (Dec 24).
Yii, who is also Sarawak United Peoples Party information chief, said so much has happened in 2019.
The year had brought many challenges, especially at the national scene in terms of politics, social developments and economic challenges.
“We are seeing more and more racially and religiously charged events taking place in the peninsular states.
“We are hearing certain national leaders continually harping on race and religious based ideologies and policies.
“All these at the national level, we look at with worry.
“And as we look at Miri, I as the mayor, am so relieved that we are still very much spared such racial and religious trouble.
“Miri, as is the case with Sarawak in general, is still very harmonious in terms of the relationship between races and religions.
“We have no public strife in race and religion. Our multiracial and multi-religious unity is second to none.
“Miri remains the beacon, as we all saw on Dec 7 when at least 45,000 people from all walks of life took part in the 2019 Christmas Parade,” he said.
Yii added that the Miri City Council jointly organised the parade with the 15 Christian churches here.
“Our councillors and staff from all faiths took part too. We saw a multiracial mix of students and people from government departments and community bodies taking part.
“On the streets, we saw everyone watching, waving and taking photos and videos, and enjoying the Christmas carols.
“Such a wonderful and uplifting spirit of racial and religious harmony – as far as Miri is concerned, I assure all Mirians that we in the city council will do our best to preserve this peace and harmony.
“We will reject any attempt from outsiders to sow discord in Miri. We will do all we can to prevent racial and religious extremism from taking root here,” he said.
Yii added that the city council will also continue to give due consideration to the social needs of the people here.
That is why it will not increase assessment rates for residential and commercial properties next year, he said.
Yii also advised those working in Miri to find the time to go home and be with their families this Christmas.
“There is no better place to spend Christmas than with your family. Share the love of Jesus Christ with them. Nurture the love among your family and treasure them.
“Also, share the Christmas joy with those in our society who may be suffering physically and emotionally.
“Show some kindness to those who are in need of love and care,” he said.
Yii asked those travelling out of Miri to give top priority to safety.
“Drive slowly and safely. Do not rush.
“I pray that you and your families will continue to enjoy good health, peace and joy this Christmas and the coming new year 2020,” he added.
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