PETALING JAYA: The spirit of Muhibbah and inter-faith harmony that is often associated with Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak, was on display again with a video that is fast gaining popularity, being widely shared on social media.

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The 27-second video, uploaded on Facebook on the first day of Hari Raya Aiidilfitri yesterday, shows a Catholic church band in Keningan, Sabah, playing a popular Hari Raya song, after the end of Sunday mass, The Star reported. Church masses in Sabah are held in Bahasa Malaysia, Kadazan and English, respectively. The church band from the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre in Nulu Sosopon are seen playing an instrumental version of Suasana Hari Raya.

According to a member of the music ministry at the church, it was to spread love and solidarity during this festive season. “It’s Hari Raya and we wanted to enjoy the festivities, and at the same time we wanted to show that it is not wrong to play a Hari Raya song in a church to mark the occasion,” choir leader Harry Wong was quoted as saying by the daily.

He added that it was something the band had done before for Hari Raya, as well as for Chinese New Year, and hoped that other churches in Malaysia would display a similar show of solidarity. The comments from social media users visiting the YouTube page to view the video has been all positive, with Sabahans especially praising it for demonstrating the strong ties that people of different faiths have in the state.