MIRI: Ethnic and race-based organisations are not set up to show supremacy of a particular race.
This was said by the president of Federation of Melanau Associations of Sarawak Dato Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering for the Melanau community here yesterday.
“The establishment of Miri Melanau Association does not mean to differentiate, divide and isolate the Melanau community from other communities in the state. It is to unite and strengthen the goodwill and solidarity not
only among the Melanau community but also other communities. In a multi-racial and multi-religious society like ours it is important for us to live and work together in order to bring development and progress to the state,” he said.
Dr Toyad, who is Mukah MP, reminded the Melanau community, particularly those educated and young, not to be influenced by issues and external problems brought up by the opposition, saying their intention was to confuse and stir anger among the people towards the government and its leaders.
Later, he presented bursaries to 40 students who excelled in public examinations and doing degree courses.
“With the explosion in information communication technology (ICT) where knowledge and information are just at the tip of your fingers there is nothing to stop you from pursuing further studies,” he told the recipients.
“We Melanau are known as warm and friendly people who always work hard and never give up in the pursuit of our goals, dreams and aspirations. Apply these noble values to achieve your goal,” he added.
Also attending the gathering were Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang, assemblymen Datuk Sebastian Ting (Piasau), Yussibnosh Balo (Tellian) and Abdul Yakub Arbi (Balingian), Mayor Adam Yii and Miri Melanau Association president Alexander Maiyor.