Refrain From Touching On Racial And Religious Sensitivities, Warns PM

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BERA, March 31 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants everyone to refrain from doing anything that can be preceived as touching on racial and religious sensitivities of the other ethnic groups in the country.

He said this was a principle that must be adhered to and respected by all communities in the country.

“Whatever it is, we don’t want it (the matter) to be the source of misunderstandings between the followers of the various faiths in our country,” he told reporters after attending a Gathering With Gugusan Bera Settlers at Felda Triang 3, near here Saturday.

Also present at the event attended by more than 10,000 Felda settlers were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

The Prime Minister said this when commenting on the call by the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on a portal website today that he should not allow any group to organise seminars that could threaten the spread of other religions in Malaysia.

The Johor Education Department was reported to have held a seminar on Islamic Studies for teachers focusing on the issue of spreading the Christian faith.

The seminar carried the title “Pemantapan Akidah, Bahaya liberalisme dan Pluralisme, Kristianisasi terhadap umat Islam: Apa peranan guru?” (Strengthening Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism, Plurism and Christianisation to Muslims: What is the role of teachers?)

“Whatever we do, we hope (it) will not touch on the sensitivities of the other races and faiths, this is a principle that must be respected.

“We know the general election is approaching, everything can be manipulated or twisted to become a political issue, that is why we must be careful in this matter.

“We can discuss matters pertaining to faith, but we cannot be insensitive to the other groups, whether Muslims against the non-Muslims or vice-versa,” he said.

On the World Earth Hour 2012 programme, the Prime Minister said Malaysia supported any effort at the international level to reduce global warming.

Najib said Malaysia had also taken various measures in efforts to reduce global warming.

“The World Earth Hour will take place tonight beginning at 8.30pm until 9.30pm. Seri Perdana (the prime minister’s official residence) will also reduce electricity consumption,” he said.

The Prime Minister said all government agencies had also been asked to minimise the use of electricity to fully support the campaign.

Source : Bernama

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