SIBU (Bernama) – Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said Muslim youth in the state should be engaged in religious activities even at grassroot level such as the mosque.
“Then we can have a third group to continue with our future missionary and community struggle.
“The people can see that our struggle is clean and pure as we will focus not only on helping the Muslims alone but to add to our achievements which will also benefit other races,” he said.
Taib said this before declaring open the Sarawak Islamic Council Complex Sibu costing RM50 million here.
The nine-storey building on a 2.3 hectare site at Awang Ramli Amit Road with its unique architectural style is a new landmark for the town.
Taib said the spirit of inter-racial cooperation was already a hallmark in the state which had enabled it to be among the three fastest developing states in the country, from being one of the three most backward.
“We must act to continue to fortify our society through maintaining peace and good inter-racial relationship and preserving all the good moral values through our religious teachings and activities,” he said. On the new complex, he said it was a representation of the local muslim community’s desire to continue working with the other races for a more peaceful, dynamic and prosperous Sarawak.
“We can only enjoy our prosperity when there is peace and harmony in our society,” he said.
Taib said a similar complex would be built in Miri soon while plans were afoot to realise one in Sri Aman town.