Peaceful co-existence should prevail in interest of national development

Last update: 10/09/2019

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 10 -- Multiracial and multireligious Malaysians should preserve the tradition of living in peace and harmony in the interest of national development and well-being.

Sabah Assistant Minister of Law and Native Affairs, Jannie Lasimbang said by celebrating racial and religious diversity, it could unite the people who would also benefit from the country’s development.

"As Malaysians, we need to be united like sharing hopes, dreams and goals, and living in peace and harmony.

"Our prayers will be a strong foundation for our unity and Malaysia that is clean, safe and prosperous,” she said at the ‘Doa Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’ programme in conjunction with a state-level National Day celebration at the Sri Pasupathinath Temple in Bukit Padang, here, yesterday.

Among those present were Malaysia Hindu Sangam Sabah branch chairman, Datuk Dr  K. Mathavan; Sabah Kimaragan Association president, Datuk Baintin Adun; Pertubuhan Kinabalu Singh Sabah president, Datuk Dr Jaswant Singh; Kota Kinabalu Sri Pasupathinath Temple president, Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk A. Arulpragasam and Sabah Christian Bumiputera Association president, pastor Jelin Wandak.

Jannie, who is also Kepayan assemblyman, said such a programme could help the government strengthen national unity.

"It could also be a new approach in encouraging the participation of all ethnic groups, besides creating better religious understanding in building a better Malaysia," she added.