Sunday, October 5, 2008

Join MCCBCHST for unity, JAKIM urged

The federal level Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) and their state counterparts are strongly urged to participate and join the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) and to transform it to Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHIST) instead in order to promote tolerance and a more effective religious harmony.

The purpose of this suggestion is not to scrap the Islam's role in the federal constitution but to promote mutual understanding amongst religion and belief. JAKIM and its state counterparts therefore should not isolate themselves within their authorities and be forceful on other communities by not entertaining nor accepting their views and discussions other than Islam.

JAKIM and their state counterparts should also understand that they cannot reign supreme towards others as all religions stands equally side by side as stated effectively in the federal constitution. Everyone who are borned and grown up here, be it Malay, Chinese, Indians, Sikh, Kadazan, Muruts, Ibans or Penans are Malaysians First.

Therefore, whenever any issues or challenges brought up by various religious and communites should be seen as constructive discussions and consultation based and should be handled in a Malaysian manner professionally rather than reigning supreme towards others.

Whatever solutions and proposals for religious implementations should be of truly Malaysian concept and religious harmony should be preserved at all times.The present MCCBCHST or the future MCCBCHIST should also play their guardian role in preventing political radicals like the Umno Youth or any other religious elements from taking advantage on religious conflicts. Such conflicts should be settle amicibly in a harmonious level rather than being political motivated.

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