Show of unity at Miri's 2018 Xmas parade

MIRI: In a show of “Sarawak-style” unity and harmony, politicians and community leaders from all political divides and races will be attending the Miri Christmas parade this year.

The event this Saturday (Dec 8) is expected to draw crowds of about 45,000, comprising both locals and tourists, and it will start from the Miri City Fan Recreation Ground at 7pm.

The parade’s organising chairman Tan Chung Kiat said many politicians from both Pakatan Harapan and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) have agreed to attend.

"We are inviting the leaders of GPS (Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, Sarawak United Peoples Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party) and Pakatan (PKR, DAP, Amanah, Bersatu Sarawak) parties to come for the parade.

"We also invited leaders of all races and ethnic groups to come as well.

"They will join tens of thousands of Christians from 15 churches in Miri for the parade.

"We want this Miri Christmas Parade to be truly multiracial and multireligious.

“That will truly reflect the real identity of Sarawak as a state where people of all races and religions live in harmony and unity,” he said.

“Everyone is welcomed to this truly-Sarawak affair. There will be no politics of any kind,” he said.

Miri Mayor Adam Yii (centre, seated in white short) and the multiracial organising committee of the Miri Christmas parade.