KUALA LUMPUR: The presence of different places of worship side-by-side in Brickfields is proof of religious acceptance in Malaysia.
Mutual regard and appreciation were evident as advocates of moderation took part in a “Harmony Walk” along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad and Jalan Berhala in an area considered to be an integral part of old Kuala Lumpur.
Star Publications group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the walk was to emphasise the fact that Malaysians are tolerant people who embrace multiculturalism.
“We must not let extremists hijack our cause. We must uphold moderation.
“We hope to organise another walk in Malacca, as we are encouraged by the strong support shown by all walks of Malaysians,” he said.
The walk on Saturday was a follow up to the first harmony walk held in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang last month.
The group of about 40 people, including 1Malaysia Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute’s Center of Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Women’s Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah, visited five places of worship.
The group gathered at YMCA and departed at 9am for the Sam Kow temple, Madrasatul Gouthiyyah, Tamil Methodist Church, Sri Sakthi Karpaga Vinayagar temple and Buddhist Maha Vihara, before brunch at 11am.
The second instalment of the Harmony Walk was organised by The Star as part of the ‘Voices of Moderation’ campaign, in support of racial and religious harmony.To find out more and contribute to the ‘Voices of Moderation’ #moderateMY, log on to thestar.com.my/moderatemalaysia.