Don’t bring culture of intolerance to Sabah, Bung says after anti-Christmas protest

Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin today hit out at the group which protested against district-level Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state, telling such people not to bring the culture of intolerance to Sabah.

Speaking to FMT, Bung said even though Tawau was a Muslim-majority area, celebrating Christmas, New Year and other festivities was a “non-issue”.

“We Sabahans are flexible. We celebrate everything. Please don’t bring this type of culture here, don’t try.

“Please be smart and don’t be emotional,” the Kinabatangan MP said.

G25 member Johan Ariffin meanwhile urged the people to ignore such behaviour.

“Sabah is well known for being a tolerant, multi-religious and multicultural society.

“Even Hadi Awang, the president of PAS, has mentioned his deep admiration of the Sabah people as a shining example of a tolerant society.”

He said opposing Christmas and New Year celebrations showed how narrow-minded and intolerant some Muslims had become.

“They do not know their place, and if their motives are to show discontent, they have no place in our society.

“Perhaps it would be better for them to be relocated to a remote island nation where they can practise their intolerant beliefs and teachings.”

Adding that Islam is a religion of peace that respects all people, irrespective of their beliefs, he urged the people to speak out against those who think otherwise.

It was reported that a group claiming to represent various political parties, including Warisan, Umno and PAS, as well as several Islamic groups, had issued a statement condemning the Christmas carnival in Tawau held on Dec 30 last year.