Malaysian PM asks Muslims to learn religious tolerance

Malaysian PM asks Muslims to learn religious tolerance

He said the teachings will in turn win Muslims the respect of those of other faiths and backgrounds. "Islam was brought to the world as a universal religion which called on its followers not to hate people of any race or faith, especially if it could cause the latter to be treated unfairly," he told staff of the Prime Minister's Department at its monthly gathering on Monday.

The Prime Minister's comments come in the wake of a group of Muslims protested against the relocation of the Hindu temple to their neighbourhood near here. The protests sparked controversy when some of the participants engaged in an activity that hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

Razak said it was important for Muslims in the country to look into the teachings closely as they observed the religious requirements during the holy month of Ramadan and also celebrated the Nuzul Al-Quran, when the Quran was passed down to man.

"Islam is a religion for all and it enforces a universal concept that looks out for races while also teaching us not to criticise other religions because this will only cause others to criticise us even more," he was quoted as saying by online daily 'Star'.

Malaysia is a muslim majority country which has a eight percent ethnic Indian population and 25 percent ethnic Chinese. Other races have full freedom to observe their religions.
Najib also called on those present to learn the lessons of the necessity of change that the month of Ramadan, the Quran and also Malaysia's independence had to teach.

"Today is a unique day because we celebrate Nuzul Al-Quran and are in the month of Ramadan, and both brought so much change to Muslims by delivering them from the dark times into the light.

"We are also still in the spirit of Merdeka (indepenedence) which brought a huge change to our country. Change is therefore not something new as it something that is even taught by Islam and (if we embrace it) can help bring success to our country," he said. "So let us look at how we can bring the change necessary to transform our country once again," the Prime Minister said.

Meanwhile, Deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin warned that Malaysians should not take peace for granted. Calling on all communities to stop attempts that may disrupt peace, Muhyiddin said unity was essential in maintaining harmony.

"Perpetual chaos can be observed in many Islamic countries. There are quarters who want to see the downfall of Islamic nations. Therefore, Muslims here must appreciate and defend peace," he said.

Muhyiddin said many countries acknowledged Malaysia as among the most successful Islamic countries. He added that Malaysia managed to rise to its present status because of peace and harmony. "We still have more development agendas to implement. We want to be on track to achieve Vision 2020," he said.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia and many developed countries in the world were facing the brunt of the global economic downturn. "The leadership wants to remain focused on improving the economy, eradicating poverty and increasing people's earning power. "It will be impossible to achieve all these if certain quarters continue to instigate the communities," he was quoted by Star as saying.

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