KUCHING – The city of Kuching was today proclaimed the country’s first ‘City of Unity’, making this also a first ever for a city, in the world.
1Malaysia Foundation chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar made the proclamation at a gathering in the Sarawak Indoor Stadium here, which also coincided with the city’s 27th anniversary celebration.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem was guest of honour at the event.
In his speech, he said Kuching had made the great leap and transformation from a “sleepy hollow” in the early seventies to a “mammoth city” now.
Despite its people coming from many different racial origins and religious beliefs, they had continued to live and work in total harmony and unity.
“This basic foundation of our society should be further strengthened and enhanced. We believe in unity in diversity. We can and will live in unity and harmony.”
Later, a trustee of the foundation, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said Kuching was chosen as the country’s first “Unity City” by virtue of the fact that its more than 20 ethnic groups with three main religions were able to co-exist “very well.” – BERNAMA