Moderation and not extremism in all aspects, including in politics, should be the country’s political culture to propel it to greater unity, stability and success.
Chief Minister Adenan Satem said extremism would lead it nowhere except on the path to self-destruction, brought about by enmity and distrust among the people and leaders.
He said this when launching a book written by a former senior state Cabinet member, William Mawan Ikom, here today.
The 126-page book, “Reflection: A Journey Of Hope, Aspiration and Perseverance”, is a collection of excerpts from selected speeches and statements on leadership, politics, rural development, social issues, multi-ethnicity, culture and tradition and a host of other subjects that are unique to the state.
Mawan is a first-term MP for Saratok and five-term state assemblyman for Pakan constituency.
He is the former president of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), a state BN component member, and later the Party Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), a state BN-friendly party before quitting it in order to contest on a BN ticket in the 11th Sarawak State Election in May this year.
He is also the president of the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU).
Adenan said moderation was a virtue very much needed in the state with its plural society.
“The day that moderation ceases to exist, troubles will come our way,“ he said.
Adenan described Mawan as an exemplary example of a very matured, moderate, accommodating and persevering politician, who was defeated in four state elections before winning afterwards.
“He is always calm and patient and has been above petty politics and skirmish.
“The book, based on his experiences in politics for many years, can be a valuable guidance to new politicians in the state.
“It is, after all, about typical experiences of typical Sarawak politicians,“ he said, adding that other politicians should consider emulating Mawan’s example.