SIBU (July 22): Pelawan assemblyman David Wong praised Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem for not supporting the implementation of Hudud law in Sarawak.

Speaking at the breaking of fast hosted by DAP, Wong, who is also Sarawak DAP vice chairman, said the chief minister’s decision would go a long way in maintaining racial harmony in the state, adding Sarawak had been unique in terms of its racial and religious composition.

He also said Adenan’s decision was in line with the Malaysia Agreement that Sarawak would not be an Islamic state and without an official religion.
“In this agreement, English language is our official language, and for this reason, English is still being widely used in Sarawak,” he added.

On another matter, Wong said it was not right to label DAP as a party belonging to the Chinese, stressing it is a party for all regardless of race and religion.

“This is not true. We work hard to bring benefit to people of all races. We never work for one single race.”

Invited to the gathering was DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang’s special assistant, Dyana Sofya, who was in town after visiting Bintulu.

Earlier, she distributed about 600 packets of dates to Muslims in the Ramadan Bazaar, where she was well received by the people.

In her speech, she said the fact that she had become a leader in DAP proved the party was a multi-racial organisation working for the benefit of all.

“It was for this reason I was picked as DAP’s candidate for the May Teluk Intan by-election.”

Dyana said although she did not win, she continued to play an active role in DAP.

Meanwhile, in his speech, Sibu MP Oscar Ling said the breaking of fast event was a sign of solidarity with all Malaysians.

“We used to host it in the homes of Muslims, but this year we tried it out in a Muslim restaurant.”

Meanwhile, DAP Sarawak had appointed Ling and Sarikei MP Andrew Wong to head its education bureau.

The appointment was made during DAP Sarawak’s meeting in Sibu on Sunday morning.