Tan Sri Adenan Satem. Pic – The Star.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem repeated his pledge to protect religious and racial harmony in the state amidst heightening religious rhetoric on the Malay peninsular.

Adenan said he wished to see Sarawakians continue to preserve their unique identity of being able to live together in peace and harmony despite their differences in race and creed.

“Though I am born a Muslim, I respect those who are Christians, Buddhists and people of other faiths,” the Chief Minister said, reports the Borneo Post at the divisional-level Gawai Dayak open house at Dewan Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan here yesterday.

“Extremism and bigotry will not thrive in Sarawak because I will not let such elements to come in and infiltrate our society,” he said.

In peninsular, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) yesterday refused to return more than 300 Bibles seized on Jan 2 from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM), and insisted that action be taken against BSM.

In a statement carried by New Straits Times online, Mais chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said the council disagreed with the Attorney-General’s (A-G) decision not to proceed with a prosecution of BSM.