UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL – MCCBCHST
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) applaud the Chief Minister of Penang Saudara Lim Guan Eng for having the fortitude and wisdom to form a new executive portfolio to handle non Muslim religious issues in the state. Further we are deeply encouraged that the Honourable Chief Minister has taken it upon himself to head this Executive portfolio to give it the seriousness it deserves.
We urge the Prime Minister and the Government of Malaysia to support this effort by the Penang State Government which is in line with the rallying call of our Prime Minister at the United Nations.
Our Honourable Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia had in his address at the General Debate of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly New York on Monday 27, September 2010, called on the world leaders and we quote:-
….“I therefore urge us to embark on building a “Global Movement of the Moderates” from all faiths who are committed to work together to combat and marginalize extremists who have held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias.
We must, and I repeat, we must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose moderation over extremism. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. “
It is our fervent hope that all State Governments will “Walk the talk” of our Honourable Prime Minister and emulate the positive efforts of the Penang State government.
Rev Dr Thomas Philips
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