KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (Bernama) — MCA today expressed support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to the Vatican to establish formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said with this, any religious misundestsanding involving Christians in this country would be easier to be tackled.
“We cannot deny that the Christian community does face problems just like the Buddhists in this country, but we believe with active engagement by the government, the issues can be resolved,” he said after chairing the MCA Central Committee meeting, here.
Dr Chua, however, said that diplomatic relations alone was not enough without the active participation of the government in strengthening inter-faith relations in the country.
He said establishing bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Vatican was also in line with the Global Movement of Moderates proposed by Najib in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly last year, to counter extremism of all forms.
Najib visited Vatican City Monday and met with Pope Benedict XVI.
It was the second meeting between a Malaysian prime minister and the Pope, after the one involving Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Pope John Paul in June 2002.
Source : Bernama