THE Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-led state government has stressed that it will continue to defend and preserve Sarawak’s religious tolerance as it is the core unifying factor for the people in the state.
A statement by the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office today said that the current administration led by Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had been consistent in its policy of religious tolerance as laid down under the leadership of his predecessors, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.
The statement came following remarks made by various quarters in the media over the issue of the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
The Muslims respect the Christians as much as the Christians respect the Muslims, and so with people of other religions. There has never been restriction for Christians in Sarawak to use the word Allah with respect.
Our deed in assisting other religions through UNIFOR (The Chief Minister’s Office Unit for Other Religions) is a testimony, it said.
It said certain quarters were mere champions for using Adenan’s phraseology on religious tolerance as their intentions were merely to politicise the issue in view of the coming Sarawak state election.
The GPS leadership trust that the people will not be influenced by the tactic of casting doubt and aspersion on the government’s stance but continue to stand firm to protect religious unity in Sarawak, it added. – Bernama