By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
Malaysia’s sole interfaith council paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today (11 Jan 2019) in what was described by one of the participants as a ‘very open, frank, cordial and fruitful discussion’.
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) representatives had a one-hour meeting with Dr Mahathir in Kuala Lumpur.
This is the first face-to-face meeting between the interfaith council leaders and the comeback prime minister who now leads the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government which outsted Barisan National (BN) in the May 2018 general elections.
“We had discussed various issues of concern and an inclusive Malaysia. Tun M had heard all issues patiently and had said that he would personally look into the issues.
“Tun also affirmed the PH government would be inclusive and would be guided by the Federal Constitution and the rule of law,” MCCBCHST VP Jagir Singh, who had earlier served as the council’s president, told Asia Samachar in a text message.
The others in the delegation were Mohan Sham, Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim, Ven Sing Kang and Tan Ho Chieow.
In a statement at his acebook page, Dr Mahathir said: “This morning I received courtesy call from the members of Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism at my office in Kuala Lumpur. Despite our differences, this country has been more peaceful than other countries in terms of racial harmony and religious tolerance. This government will be very sensitive towards all religions and at the same time each and every one of us must obey the rule of law.”
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