Sarawak continues to strive for religious freedom, says Adenan

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Source: The Malaysian Insider

Religion3Sarawak will continue to protect the religious freedoms that have been key to racial unity for years in Sarawak, said its Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Adenan said that in line with the policy of religious freedom, the state government would reject any attempts of forced conversion of any religion in Sarawak.

“As long as I am the chief minister, you can practise your religious freedom in Sarawak,” he said at the eighth Miri City Christmas parade at Miri City Fan yesterday.

Adenan said the state government had agreed to consider the request from the Association of Churches in Miri for a piece of land in the coastal city.

“I have directed Land and Survey Department to find suitable land so that the Association of Churches here can plan and implement their activities,” he said.

He promised that the request by the association would be fulfilled within six months.

He said the state government would support any religious activities involving mosques, churches and temples as it showed the strong unity of multicultural society in the state.

“In Sarawak we live in peace and that’s why I banned extremists and bigots from trying to disrupt our harmony,” he said.

He said the state government would not hesitate to ban more individuals that are deemed extremists or bigots.

Miri City Mayor Lawrence Lai said more than 40,000 people took part in this year’s parade, the largest since it was first held in 2008. – Bernama, December 6, 2015.