KUANTAN: Seventeen Muslim non-governmental organisations and 13 Christian ones in Pahang have got together to seek a consensus over the issue of attacks on houses of worship.
All 30 have condemned the moves by certain quarters to disturb the harmony among all religions in the country.
Among the NGOs involved yesterday were the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim), Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia, All-Malaysia Federation of Muslim Undergraduates, the Kuantan Baptist Church, Kuantan Chapel and Victory Assembly.
Abim deputy president Amidi Abdul Manan and Wee Hoe Chang of Victory Assembly, representing the NGOs, urged all parties to respect each other and to stop any action that could create anxiety among Malaysians.
They also called for a peace meeting to be attended by various religious leaders and followers from time to time.
Yesterday’s gathering, initiated by the NGOs, were also attended by officers from the state Police Contingent headquarters and Kuantan district police station.
Amidi said a statement of solidarity would be disseminated among the people in Pahang with plans to take it nationwide.
George Lau, a representative of the Christian pastors, urged all quarters to respect the provisions on religion in the Federal Constitution.
“As NGOs, we urge the parties responsible to end the disturbances,” he said.
He said NGOs would always support initiatives to enhance interaction and understanding among people of different religions in Malaysia and elsewhere.
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