Malaysia: Sultan calls on Muslims to protect religious diversity
Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong said, in comments published by Bernama news agency, that the attempts “not only could bring about negative impact, but could also destroy the harmonious ties among the people in the country.
“Malaysia is a multi-racial country which comprises people of different religion, language, culture and economic status,” he continued.
“The fact that Islam is the official religion in the country and that other religions can also be practiced in peace and harmony as stipulated in the Federal Constitution, as well as in state constitutions, should be respected by all,” he said when opening the 54th International Qur’an Reciters Assembly at the Putra World Trade Center on Friday.
Sultan Muhammad said Muslims who love their faith and the Qur’an should “feel responsible to preserve unity of the ummah and should use their potential to foster unity.”
It comes as the government this past week, launched a new educational program that will teach terrorism in schools in order to combat “radical Islam.”
“We all must react to any attempts to tarnish the image of Islam and we must also help cleanse the image of Muslims which had been portrayed as terrorist and extremist by enemies of Islam,” the Sultan said.
Jamil Khir, the chairman of the Islamic assembly in the country, said the government had “always practiced the concept of moderation as a catalyst for 1Malaysia concept in ensuring the effectiveness of the national transformation program.
“The concept is a continuous approach in the existing government policies, especially the Government Transformation Program, Economic Transformation Program, Rural Transformation Program and the transformation program in religious agencies,” he said.
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