Wisma Melayu Sarawak a symbol of unity – Abang Jo

A scale model of the structure. – Dayak Daily Pic

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg today officiated at the earth-breaking ceremony of Kuching’s new landmark – Wisma Melayu Sarawak, which he described as a “symbol of unity”.

To be completed in two years, he said the RM50 million building symbolises unity and the identity of the Malays in the multiracial Sarawak.

“Although there are various races in Sarawak, we are all Sarawakians. The building is a symbol of unity and also to remind us the contributions and sacrifices of Malay community in Sarawak,” he said.

“It is also the wish of the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem to have this building, hence, the land was set aside by him (Adenan),” he said.

Abang Johari said despite Sarawak’s diversity, the people could put their differences aside and live alongside each other peacefully.

“Since our people came from different races, religious and background, there is no one single race can lead the state.

“Sarawak cannot be led by one race as we must be fair to everyone and every races. We need to be Sarawak-centric in governing the states and doing things (implementing policies),” he said, adding that there was no room for race-based leadership and policies in Sarawak.

He said no one race can lead the multiracial society in Sarawak, otherwise, the state will not be able to move forward.

“Everything we do, must be Sarawakian-centric, especially in our policies,” he added.

The two-storey building has a main hall with a capacity of 2,000 people, three seminar and meeting rooms, Malay art gallery, exhibition space, management office and a surau for 100 pax.