KUCHING: Sarawak's Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) is organising special prayers in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
Unifor director Richard Lon said the prayers were being held daily from Aug 31 to Sept 15 by various houses of worship in Sibu, starting with the Catholic Church and followed by the Methodist Church (Iban and Chinese), Anglican Church and Borneo Evangelical Mission.
"Sarawak could be the first state to organise such an event to commemorate Malaysia Day," he said in a statement on Friday (Sept 11).
Richard said other religious institutions holding similar prayers were the Sikhs, Baha'is, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims.
He said the prayers covered topics such as the supremacy of the Malaysian Constitution, respect for the dignity of life and blessings for Malaysians.
"Other items mentioned in the prayers are that every Malaysian would be proud of preserving our unique multicultural heritage and be thankful in celebrating Malaysia Day," he said.
Richard also announced that a forum on religion would be held at a hotel in Sibu on Sept 15 to share knowledge on various religions, followed by thanksgiving prayers at 9pm by all the houses of worship.
After this, there will be a countdown until the stroke of midnight to usher in Malaysia Day with a special video show on religions, presentation of patriotic songs and reading of the Rukun Negara.
"The objectives of these events are to strengthen tolerance and cooperation, deepen the people's knowledge on various religions and promote harmony and unity among people of different beliefs and backgrounds," Richard said, adding that civil servants, religious institutions, NGOs and civil society would be invited to attend.
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