Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Culture, arts vital for integration: Dr Rundi

CONGRATULATIONS: Rundi (right) presents a prize to one of the winners

BINTULU: Understanding, respecting and accepting the cultures and arts of other races is vital for integration of communities and for a harmonious and stable country.

Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said this when officiating at the closing of a programme ‘Merakyatkan Seni Budaya’ at Sebauh district.

Rundi said the diverse cultures in Malaysia, particularly in Sarawak, make the state special.

“Different background, religion and way of life will not be an obstacle to unity. Therefore we must preserve the art and culture we inherit from our ancestors,” he added.

The younger generation must understand that culture is a medium to enhance the bond and relationship among people from various groups.

He said the people might have a diversity of culture and arts depending on race and tribe but they share one culture - solidarity.

“Don’t let anyone instil negative values in our culture and community. I’m sure each and every one of us doesn’t want something or someone to destroy the harmony, growth and development we achieved in the 45 years of our independence within Malaysia.

“There is no reason for us to destroy the harmony and evoke chaos in the country, as that will not bring any good to the community,” Rundi said.

He urged the community to respect each other, recognise good culture and try to learn from it and if it’s bad try to correct and give some guidance and advice.

Rundi said respect for the culture of communities set one on the path to becoming a progressive and developed nation.

“In my opinion, vision 2020 is our vision and not about others hence we have to be true to ourselves,” he added.

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