Benedick: Respect for all races, religions


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KOTA KINABALU: The strong unity and bond between Malaysians of different races and religions will determine the future of the country, says a federal Cabinet minister.

Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick said it was the shared responsibility of the people to help steer the country towards a brighter future.

“Despite our racial and religious differences, we share this country and share the same district, village and state. That’s why tolerance and respect is very important.

“This country is our common property and common responsibility. It is our togetherness that will determine the future of Malaysia,” he said in joining the Muslim community in Kota Belud on Monday.

Benedick, who is Upko president, said as the Kadamaian assemblyman, he attended various religious and cultural events as it was to instill a sense of togetherness.

“All of us have a role to play. As minister and assemblyman, I attend breaking of fast events with my Muslim friends as has been my tradition all this time.

“I attend Hari Raya open house events. I also deliver donations to every mosque and surau in Kadamaian using the allocation received.

“Over the next month, I will meet with church leaders throughout Kadamaian and deliver the same contribution to non-Muslim houses of worship.

“This is my commitment to see that all citizens can work together to develop this country despite the different religions and races,” he said.

At the event, Benedick contributed RM1,000 for each surau and RM10,000 for the Masjid Kg Tambulion which hosted the iftar (breaking of fast) event. Some 130 needy persons in attendance also received RM150 each from Yayasan Bank Rakyat.

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