PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Joseph Kurup has added his voice in condemning right wing groups Perkasa and Isma, saying their actions were "against the very values the nation was founded upon."
"The rakyat must take up the responsibility to ensure they do not flourish," he said in a statement, calling the two organisations "bigots."
"Bigots don’t think they are bigots, they think they are right," Kurup, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said in his Christmas message.
“Rejection of intolerance and incitement to violence on the basis of religion is fundamental to the sustainability of our long preserved unity.
“We must see to it that these bigots do not find a hospitable environment in our beloved country,” he said.
He called on the silent majority of moderates to stand up and speak up against religious extremism and racial bigotry in the country so that "hateful sentiments do not find a breeding ground."
“Emulating the moderately religious Sabahans and Sarawakians, guided by a sense of what is responsible and right are best suited to protect the Malaysian way of life from religious extremist attack to ensure a peaceful national development.
“I am confident that majority of Malaysians – the silent majority - are always open and tolerable on issues related to their religion and race, which ensures having the utmost respect for the practice and beliefs of others,” he said.
“Wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God always bless our beloved nation, Malaysia," he signed off.
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