Youth movement calls for inter-faith dialogues

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 May 2007

SEREMBAN: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth has called for inter-faith dialogues to build on the understanding and co-operation among the different races and religions. 

PKR acting Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin said the space for civil society to speak on issues of concerns should not be closed off. 

“In fact, civil society institutions should be encouraged to give their views in a respectable and responsible manner. This can help opposing groups understand each other's feelings and aspirations and avoid suspicion and prejudice,” he said in his policy speech at the Youth assembly yesterday. 

Shamsul Iskandar said the party's Youth wing fully supported any effort by prime movers of civil society and religious organisations in the country to hold inter-faith dialogues and joint activities. 

Later, at a press conference, he said PKR would start to have inter-faithdialogues within the party. 

Exco member Latheefa Koyah, said this would focus on dialogue and not on setting up Bills and legislations. 

Before the Youth chief's speech, outgoing permanent chairman Romli Ishak who was chairing the assembly said he was sad that some members in the wing had resorted to sending poison pen letters. 

“This is not the place for village champions or heroes. You can be a hero or a champion when you are fighting the general election but not in the party elections,” he said. 

When asked about the poison pen letters, Shamsul Iskandar said he had no idea who did this and who had been targeted.  

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