GE13 MAY BE SARAWAKIANS
GE13 may be Sarawakians’ last chance to save state
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian has expressed hope that Sarawakians will never lose sight of the harmonious co-existence of people in the state.
“We must jealously guard this most precious spirit of kinship and affinity, which is deeply felt by Sarawakians at home and abroad,” he said in his Chinese New Year’s message.
He, however, said that the people cannot be blind to the events of the past few decades, including a deliberate plan to divide and rule by politicising religion.
“My stand on religion is very clear. We are a secular nation, and Sarawak, Malaysia does not have an official religion,” he said, adding that the Federal Constitution guarantees the people freedom of religion.
“We must not let matters of personal belief tear us asunder,” he said.
On the Year of the Water Snake, Baru said that to the Chinese, the strengths of the snake are its great wisdom and gracious morality.
“As snakes grow, many of them shed their skin at various times, revealing shiny new skin underneath.
“The ancient Greeks and the Chinese believed that snakes possess healing properties. For this reason, snakes have become symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing,” he said.
Baru, who is also the State Assemblyman for Ba’Kelalan, urged the people to exercise their wisdom at the ballot boxes in the upcoming 13th general election.
“Let us take charge of our destiny by steering our course to one of rebirth and healing. This may well be our last chance to save what remains of our beloved Sarawak. With God’s grace, truth and justice will prevail,” he said.