One of the main ingredients in the formula for Sarawak’s harmony is the fact that Umno and it’s “foreign” Malaya ways were never introduced into the state, Borneo Post quoted Deputy Chief Minister James Masing as saying.
This, coupled with the high level of tolerance among its people and state’s leaders ability to maintain the intricate fabric of its social structure has made Sarawak a model state in Malaysia, he claimed further.
“Sarawak’s social structures are in such a way that allows us to live in peace with each other. Because of this we will not allow Malaya’s social, culture and political culture to encroach into Sarawak.
“This has been our work for years. So why do we want to change by bringing foreign culture from Malaya to our state? Head of State Abdul Taib Mahmud was correct in saying no to Umno coming to Sarawak,” Masing told the daily yesterday.
Masing, who is an anthropologist by training, also reportedly urged social scientists from the peninsular to learn from Sarawak on how more than 27 different ethnic groups had managed to live in peace and harmony.
“If others want to know about us, then come and learn from us in Sarawak. But don’t preach to us how to live in peace or how to administer our state,” added the PRS president.
Masing was commenting on former Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim’s recent article on “Madness in Malaysia” in which he shared his wonderful experience while visiting Sarawak.
Sarawak leaders had always been vocal to assert that the state should be ruled by local parties, pointing to what they claimed is the disaster in Sabah when Umno took over from local parties.
Though they stopped short at autonomy instead of talking about independence, and at the federal level Sarawak leaders still acquiesced to the ruling coalition dominated by Umno.
Source : @ Malaysiakini