Report activities suspected of inciting extremism, Sarawakians told

MIRI: Sarawakians have been urged to report to the authorities should they come across individuals or activities playing up racial and religious issues.

In stating this, Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin reiterated the uncompromising stand made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in safeguarding the state against extremists and religious bigots.

Sarawak is a peaceful state but we must be on the alert. Report to authorities if you see people preaching extremism, or activities that could be detrimental to the peace and harmony in Sarawak, he said yesterday.

Lees remarks came in response to a Bernama report yesterday quoting Inspector-General of Police Secretariat assistant head of corporate communications Asmawati Ahmad, who said the postings on social media such as WhatsApp warning people against going to shopping malls and public areas to avoid untoward incidents during this Christmas season were false.

It (postings) also claims that the government has issued a warning on the matter, asking the people to be more cautious, she was cited as saying.

Meanwhile Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman, will go for visits to open house gatherings around his constituency on Christmas Day a tradition he has carried on since the start of his political career.