By Sitti Nor Azizah Talata
KIULU: Religious and racial harmony is precious and people in Sabah must not let up efforts to build a socially-cohesived nation.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said Sabahans need to continue preserving mutual respect and understanding of each other’s religious practices, the pillar of the state’s prosperity.
“It is an honour for me to be invited to Iftar sessions, such as today (May 19) and to be able to experience the camaraderie between Muslims and to get an insight as well as understanding of Islam and its practices.
“Events of the various ethnic and religious communities such as this during can help to promote social interaction and foster mutual respect and trust, which are essential for Sabah to progress and prosper,” he said at the Yayasan Sabah Group (YSG) breaking of fast programme at thr Al-Hidayah Mosque, here.
Among those present were YSG’s officers led by the Executive Assistant to the Director of Yayasan Sabah, Asman Dulamid and West Coast South Zone (ZPBS), Group Manager, Hanafiah Diman.
Madius also commended YSG for choosing the mosque to host the programme, which is located within his Tuaran parliamentary constituency.
“Today, we give our gratitude to Yayasan Sabah Group for making all this to happen while renewing bonds of friendship and cooperation that has been forged throughout the years,” he added.
At the event, YSG presented donations to 40 students from SMK Tun Fuad Stephens and contributed two stand fans for the Al-Hidayah Mosque.
The breaking of fast programme has been a regular feature on the YSG’s annual calendar that doubled as a charity event to assist the less fortunate by providing foodstuff and meals while at the same time fostering friendship with the community.
Attended by some 200 people, the event commenced with a talk by Suraina Hasan on the services available at the Tabung Haji followed by breaking of fast before the congregation performed Maghrib, Isyak and terawih prayers. -SabahNewsToday