Sarawakians are able to live in peace and harmony despite ethnic and religious differences because of their very high respect for one another.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said this is exactly what Prophet Muhammad taught his followers by getting along with other communities of different beliefs, tribes and origins, which should be emulated by the Muslim community today.
“Prophet Muhammad taught us to accept and love all mankind regardless of wh…o they are. He also taught us that no single race or group can live in isolation but must collaborate with others,” he said when opening the state-level assembly and procession to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad at Masjid Jamek here yesterday.
“Men need one another to survive and in the context of Sarawak, which has at least 27 ethnic groups, we have been able to come together and help each other irrespective of race and religion.
“This is our most precious heritage left by our forefathers that we should nurture and preserve with all our might,” he stressed.
Politically, he said the people of Sarawak have been able to rule the state through a power-sharing concept.
“All races are given fair and equal share. It is through this understanding that the people of Sarawak, who comprise of multiracial and religious backgrounds, have been able to live harmoniously with high respect towards one another,” he said.
Bringing a multi-ethnic society together to fight for a common cause is never easy, he said, but it must start from a central point.
Adenan said the best point would be the home, by inculcating such understanding and values among children.
“Every family plays a very vital role to instil positive values such as love and respect for other races and religions,” he asserted.
He said the Maulidur Rasul celebration would be able to enhance a sense of love and respect for one another according to the example set by Prophet Muhammad.
Among those attending the event were acting Head of State Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nasar and his wife Datin Amar Fatimah Mohd Iskandar, Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani.