Open your mindsLiow speaking during the opening of the conference in Kuching.
KUCHING: Learning about each other’s cultural differences will bring Malaysians together, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
He urged Malaysians to be open-minded and study the different civilisations as Malaysia was mainly influenced by five civilisations.
“We have the Nusantara civilisation, the Islamic civilisation, Chinese, Indian, as well as Western civilisations,” he said at the opening of a Chinese philosophy convention yesterday.
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said all these civilisations played integral roles in multi-racial Malaysia.
“Malaysia has to ensure differences in these civilisations become its strengths. These are strengths for us to attract more investors, spur economic growth and ensure a more competitive environment in a world that is globalising.”
“While most nations are only beginning to learn about other cultures, Malaysia has the advantage through its own multi-racial citizens,” he said.
However, Liow also spoke about rising intolerance in Malaysia.
“We can see after last year’s general election that there has been more racial and religious extremism. There is even terrorism.”
“We have to find the root (of the problems) and resolve them through more dialogues and understanding and through more conventions such as this. We need to solve problems via understanding the different civilisations.”
The Confucianism International Conference 2014, which ends on Tuesday, is jointly organised by the International Confucian Association, Chinese Confucius Foundation and Malaysian Confucianism Association.