BANTING: National unity can be enhanced by understanding the religions in the country, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said.
Rosmah said it was vital to acquire knowledge of all religions to maintain the harmonious environment in the country.
“We should adopt and practise the 1Malaysia concept as it reflects national unity,” she said in a speech after launching the inaugural lantern festival here at Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple on Tuesday.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie, who read the speech on behalf of Rosmah, said the Prime Minister’s wife was unable to attend the ceremony as she was visiting flood victims in Johor.
Understanding each other’s religions, Rosmah said, would provide a good future for the younger generation.
“Our differences should not hinder unity,” she added. Instead, she stressed Malaysians should be proud to be in a multiracial country.
“It is important to be united as I hope some day we could be a role model to others,” Rosmah said.
Rosmah noted the temple has become a hotspot for tourists in recent years.
“At least 1.5 million tourists visited the temple and this is definitely a major contribution to our economy,” she said.
The 24-acre temple will be hosting several events over the next 20 days in conjunction with Chinese New Year.