24th Day

Posted On August 14, 2006

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SARAWAK, BUMI KENYALANG, Sarawak Land of Hornbill
‘THE LAND OF THE HORNBILLS’

Governor Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 2,312,600 (est.): Malay 22.3%, Other Bumiputera 48.2% (Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Kedayan, Bisaya, Penan, Punan Bah, Punan Vuhang, Berawan, Lahanan, Sekapan, Kejaman, Saban, Baketan, Ukit, Tanjong, Bakong, Tabun, Sihan, Tagal, Tatau, Lisum), Chinese 25.53%, Indian 0.19%, Eurasian & others 0.2%, Non-citizens 3.58%

Religious breakdown (2000) Christianity 42.6%; Islam 31.3%; Buddhism 12%; Tribal 5.2%; No Religion 3.9%; Taoism/Confucianism 2.6%; Others 1.3%; Hinduism 0.1%; Unknown 1.0%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 7.5% (Hardcore: 1.1%)

Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state. Loosely governed by the Brunei Sultanate, the state was handed over to James Brooke in 1842. This marked the start of the rule of the White Rajahs which ended in 1946. Sawarak joined the Federation in 1963.

PRAY

1. God’s light to shine upon all Sarawakians and He will be their security.
2. Effective measures to contain Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) and to prevent future outbreak. [Outbreaks have occurred in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006. The recent one recorded thousands of cases and claimed several lives.]
3. More awareness on the danger of glue-sniffing, effective rehabilitation for the youth addicts. [Glue-sniffing is a major social problem as glue is easily obtainable.]
4. Sufficient controls of the sale of liquor, against wrong mindset that equates cultural identity, wealth and status with liquor. [Alcoholism is a social problem that has been linked to more than 80.0% of violent crimes in Sarawak.]
5. Against promiscuity especially among the urban young people.
[Homosexuality in particular is a growing problem.]
6. Improve communication/transport links, health and education facilities (especially in the Belaga and Baram regions) and the provision of basic services.
7. Against the stronghold of occultist beliefs and practices, e.g. Black Magic. [Spirit-worship rituals are practiced often in the name of maintaining cultural identity.]
8. Proper implementation of laws to protect the natives’ rights and the environment. [Unchecked logging has brought environmental pollution which has adversely affected the natives, e.g. the Penan. Ancestral land-rights remain a point of contention between developers and tribal communities.]
9. Church: unity, vibrant and relevant (e.g. in social & ethical issues), effective youth discipleship, greater passion for the lost, more workers in rural areas. [Nominalism, compromise and complacency are major problems.]
“Prayer gives the believer the moral and spiritual rights to claim the promises of God.” – Pr. Justine Wan

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