Monday, April 24, 2017

The many marvels of Miri

MIRI city has what it takes to be the centre of multiculturalism in Sarawak.

With a rich social and economic history that dates back to the 1800s due to petroleum discovery, Miri has emerged as the second biggest urban centre in Sarawak with a population of 350,000 people.

Miri, which attained resort city status in 2005, has a reputation for staging wonderful events that showcase an excellent blend of multiethnic and multireligious composition.

Assistant Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said Miri, with its 30-plus ethnic and racial groups, is indeed a model of unity and harmony for state and country.

“Multiculturalism can be seen at its best in Miri city.

“We have mosques, churches and temples built near each other.

“The Masjid Al-Naim and Anglican Good Shepherd Church in Lutong even share carparks and stage joint gatherings to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Christmas.

“Miri also has the ability to stage cultural and religious festivities on a big scale,” said Lee.

He said Miri city has been acknowledged as the model of religious and racial unity by locals and foreigners, and every year they hold religious fests like the Christmas parade that brings together people from all walks of life.

“This is an excellent chance for us to showcase our unique blend of multiracial and multireligious unity.

“Miri is a city with more than 30 races and ethnic groups living in harmony and they celebrate each other’s festivities without any hindrance,” he said

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