Friday, 17 October 2008

I'm more Sarawakian than a Malaysian...

Sarawak does not need a Race Relations Act


KUCHING, FRI: Sarawak does not need an act on race relations to prevent racial conflicts as there is no racial problem in the state, State Planning and Resource Management Minister II Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said today.

He said the people of various races and religions in Sarawak were a united lot and had been living together harmoniously.

“In Sarawak, it’s all right if there is no act on race relations because the unity and the good relations among the people of various races exist naturally.

“It is a natural process to understand each other and to live together harmoniously,” he told reporters at Wisma Sumber Alam, Petra Jaya today.

He was commenting on a proposal by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for the formulation of an act on race relations to safeguard and strengthen relations among the different races in the country.

Syed Hamid, in a statement yesterday, said that under the proposed act, action could be taken against those who disrupt harmony by causing racial tension and conflicts that could also destablise the country.

Earlier, Awang Tengah presented donations, totalling RM259,000 contributed by subsidiaries of the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation, to 53 welfare and charity organisations.

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