PETALING JAYA: Malaysians in the peninsula should emulate the unity of those living in Sabah and Sarawak for a more peaceful and harmonious country.
Popular entertainer and entrepreneur Datuk Irwan Shah, better known as DJ Dave, said those living in the two states had a higher tolerance level compared to their counterparts in the peninsula.
“In Sabah and Sarawak, people of all races sit together without knowing if they are Muslims or Christians and they mingle among each other so well. They do not allow religion to drive a wedge between them.
“If there are any occasions, good or bad, they will all come together. No one is segregated there,” Dave said yesterday.
“No religion teaches hatred. Disunity is caused by human beings not religion.
“If you plant the religion of love in your heart, whatever faith you are practising, you will practise it well,” said Dave, who is also the president of the 1Malaysia Artists Foundation.
He also commended The Star’s voices of moderation campaign, adding that more Malaysians should start discussing about our similarities than differences.
The Star’s campaign was launched on Aug 10 to remind readers that the newspaper has always been, and will always be, open to Brave Views and Bold Ideas but tempered by the voice of moderation.
The newspaper pledged to keep discussions open, rational and moderate, and showcase the many liberal, moderate and balanced voices.
The Star has also pledged that it would be at the forefront to nurture and ensure the resounding triumph of moderation and reason over extremism and insanity.
The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) has called on Malaysians to “recommit” themselves to a common cause to save Malaysia from the forces of bigotry, religious extremism and racial polarisation.
“We urge all Malaysians to press even harder for personal, interpersonal and institutional change that will transform our nation into a more tolerant and caring society where all may enjoy the fullest measure of life and liberty, equal protection of the law and safeguarding of their fundamental liberties,” CFM said in a statement in conjunction with Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day