Diversity of race, religion is not an obstacle to a harmonious life – Salleh


KOTA KINABALU: Differences in religion and racial background are not at all an obstacle for the people of Sabah to unite and live in harmony.

Former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the existence of houses of worship of different religions in nearby locations shows the high level of racial tolerance among the various ethnic and religious communities in the state.

“In fact, don’t be surprised if you come across Muslims who visit Christian weddings held in the church,” he said in his latest posting on Facebook.

Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said the practice of moderation is not an issue in Sabah which has more than 30 ethnics of different religions.

“The spirit of togetherness and culture of mutual respect is one of the keys to Sabah’s success in maintaining racial unity and moderation.

“That’s why the people of Sabah can live in peace and harmony,” he said.

In this regard, Saleh urged the people in the state to advocate a culture and practices of moderation and not be easily swayed by extreme elements.