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November 5, 2013

Muslims, Christians come together in Kuching church in show of “Sarawak’s religious harmony”

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It was a show of religious harmony by Christians and Muslims in Sarawak yesterday even as the debate over the October 14 court ruling on the word Allah raged on.

The Borneo Post reported that non-governmental organisation Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak and the Islamic Information Centre organised a forum called “Tweeting Up Unity: Social Cohesion Through Social Media”, under the Soul2Soul 2.0 interfaith forum series, at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre in Kuching.

The event’s keynote speaker was social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, who was also a panellist. It was attended by over 200 youths from higher learning institutions and government agencies.

State Youth Development assistant minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hailed the event as “a shining example of Sarawak’s religious harmony”.

He said the choice of the venue was a testimony of “the state’s religious tolerance and the unique harmony among the people”.

“I don’t think it would be possible to do this in the peninsula without some people inciting tension,” he said, noting that racial and religious tensions in West Malaysia were never the case in Sarawak.

Karim recalled his school days in a mission school, saying he even went to church as part of the education system, but all that never made him any less a Muslim.

“In fact, the old system made us more understanding and tolerant of each other. It was beautiful in the past. I hope youths today will learn and not be too engrossed with what politicians or non-governmental organisations say.

“Young Sarawakians should be proud of the cohesion that is unique in Sarawak,” he said, adding that they should also not take harmony and stability for granted and keep the community together.

Karim cautioned youths against abusing the social media, and called on them to use the Internet to enhance the existing social cohesion among Sarawakians.

Meanwhile, Marina said the social media could promote cohesion and mobilise people to take part in charitable programmes.

“In the old days before the Internet, news also travelled slower and reactions also slower but now with the Internet and social media, news travels faster and further,” she said, while cautioning that social media, despite its potential, was not the answer to everything.

She said interfaith harmony could be achieved if there were respect and equality among those involved in discussing issues.

What children learnt in schools was important, said Marina, adding that different views was not wrong.

“Children must be taught to have critical thinking skills to judge what is right or wrong,” she added.


  1. There is harmony in Sarawak because the non Muslim are willingly submitting themselves to the Muslims though they are the majority. Can we call ourselves stupid or naïve as we do not know our rights/ There is no official religion in Sarawak but look what happen when there is a Muslim in your midst. And how government functions are conducted. Have you ever heard a non Muslim prayer is said during any of those functions.
    Are we still in slumber or in a state of denial? What will happen 10, 20, 30 years from now?

    Comment by Beth — May 14, 2015 @ 7:42 PM | Reply

  2. I laud this Abdul karim fella for acknowledging that there is indeed some common sense prevailing among the different religions in Sarawak unlike in Malaya where they purposely incite religious intolerance. But there is a prevailing intolerance brewing in Sarawak which is the result of the greed of the rich few including elected representatives like himself. They stir anger among the natives, employ gangsters to beat up the natives, chase the natives out of the lands, steal lands belonging to the natives and sell to rich Chinese for a huge profit, call the natives stupid and laugh at the dire economic situation the natives are in and talked about how they cheat the natives and continue to oppress the natives through the building of damned dams!

    Now mr karim, it is not enough to have only religious harmony in Sarawak.

    Comment by brian — November 7, 2013 @ 3:35 PM | Reply

  3. And Sarawak BN politikus are playing up this issue to gain political leverage, it seems. Taib wants tobe seen as Sarawaks’ Hero against the penjahat Orang Malaya. The end result is the same. Sarawakians will end up voting for Taib and his BN Bojangos which in turn provides the political platform for the same UMNO to govern Malaysia even when they are not in the majority. Back to flipping Square One, innit! Kami ari Simanggang enda beli enda tuyu agu baka sida bukai. Umbas agi di empa di ayah di ludah bansa bukai bansa kita. Enough is enough as 2 generations have been marginalised and I am a ‘ Bumi’ so called.

    Comment by Resak Peputat Skra — November 7, 2013 @ 6:44 AM | Reply

  4. Election after election, many judases will be bought over for a few pieces of silver. That’s the reason the state of Sarawak and Sabah remain poor and backward from the suppression, oppression, exploitation and stolen wealth.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — November 6, 2013 @ 7:54 PM | Reply

  5. Muslims and Christians share the same holy books – Injil and Taurat. They share the same forefathers – Adam (Adam) Abraham (Ibrahim) Aaron (Harun) Isaac (Ishak) Alexander(Iskandar) Job(Ayub) Noah(Noh) Jesus(Isa) Joseph (Yusof) Soloman (Sulaiman) etc etc. There is only one difference, Islam incessantly blames Christianity , just like a sibling blaming a father and grandfather. The father and grandfather are all dead leaving the sibling bombarding the ancestors forgetting itself is a product of the past.

    Comment by i knowit all — November 6, 2013 @ 8:20 AM | Reply

  6. Sarawak and Sabah should ban members of PERKASA, MLA and JAKIM from entering . Sabah and Sarawak are not the 13th and 14th states but Independent States in Malaysia.

    Comment by Special Branch — November 5, 2013 @ 7:37 PM | Reply

  7. DON”T , don’t even let Ibrahim the frog and his Perkasa gang come to Sarawak !! We must take this precaution before they started creating havoc here.

    Comment by gagojackman — November 5, 2013 @ 12:25 AM | Reply

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