SIBU: Sabah and Sarawak can help promote the Malaysia Madani concept as they are known for their racial and religious harmony, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's political secretary Chan Ming Kai.
He said there was a need to find ways to institutionalize and incorporate the concept of "Malaysia Madani" so that the government could support it and sustain and promote diversity in language and religion.
Chan added that the challenge in implementing the concept was in how it could be brought across the existing structures, policies, regulations and education system.
“I am confident that Sabah and Sarawak, with their emphasis on harmony, multiple religions, and cultural diversity, can provide strong support and serve as an excellent example for Malaysia,” he said.
Chan said this when representing the Prime Minister at the pre-Gawai 2023 celebration dinner organised by the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) on Saturday (May 27) night.
He added that the two states have two important elements of the Malaysia Madani concept which he found impressive.
“They are a strong multi-racial and multi-religious society, and a harmonious atmosphere," said Chan.
This is crucial for a civil society and the concept of a harmonious Malaysia, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, where we see a shining example of harmony,” he added.
Chan later announced an allocation of RM20,000 to Sadia for their activities.
Among the 900 people present were Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Alice Lau, Sibu MP Oscar Ling and state Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, Michael Tiang.