Religious tolerance and togetherness are Sabah’s key to unity

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Joniston presenting Raya packet on behalf of Mutiara GRS to orphans. Pic Credit – STB

KIULU: Sabahans must continue to cherish togetherness and tolerance for one another’s differences in order to develop a responsible and respectful society.

State Tourism, Culture, and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said that just like in Kiulu, the community coming from diverse background has demonstrated a high level of religious tolerance.

“Regardless of our differences in religion, the people stay unified and respectful of one another. Such has become part of Sabah’s charm.

“As responsible Sabahan, our strength lies in our ability to cooperate and that we can set an example for others to emulate. As Malaysians, we must learn to appreciate one another and foster a spirit of mutual respect,” he said at the breaking of fast event with the Muslim community at Dewan Masyarakat Kiulu here, on Friday.

A villager receiving a food basket from Joniston. Pic Credit -STB

Present were Tuaran district officer Syahrin Samsir, Kiulu assistant officer Justin Ginduk, Tamparuli assistant district officer Herman Tugigging, Tamparuli’s Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEINS) officer Sofian Kundu; and Kim Teck Cheong general manager Sylvia Pius.

During the event, Joniston, who is Kiulu assemblyman, presented Duit Raya donations to orphans on behalf of Mutiara GRS, and food baskets to the less fortunate.

Additionally, he distributed kurma to representatives from each surau in Kiulu.The food basket was donated by Kim Teck Cheong company.

Joniston presenting Kurma to a representative of one of the Surau in Kiulu. Pic Credit STB

“Ramadhan month serves as a time for reflection for everyone and a reminder to assist the less fortunate. We wish to express our gratitude to all quarters involved in the donation.

“At the same time, we must maintain the breaking of fast event as part of our tradition of fortifying relationships,” Joniston explained.-BORNEOGAZETTE

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