PETALING JAYA: It is high time that Malaysians take responsibility in combating the rise of religious extremism and racial bigotry, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
“The time has come for us to take up our responsibility to ensure that we do not assist them to flourish.”
He urged Malaysians not to condone the actions of bigots such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and Perkasa.
On Tuesday, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic) lambasted an Isma activist for saying that it was improper for Muslims to wish Christians “Merry Christmas” or celebrate with them.
“Isma is not my voice. They don’t represent me and many millions of Muslim Malaysians,” he tweeted, adding that he would in fact also host a bigger celebration this year.
DAP political education director Liew Chin Tong said Malaysians must not give in to forces within the society that survive politically by dividing Malaysians into different groups.
“We must not allow space for public discourse to be taken up by bigots to the extent that policy discussions on livelihood are totally ignored,” he said.
Liew said Malaysians should not allow the discourse to be dominated by hatred.
“Let not voices of extremism drown out rationality and moderation. This Christmas season, let the common values of compassion and humanity ring through,” he said.
“I believe hope is stronger than hatred; peace is more powerful than poisonous words. Let’s work towards a Malaysia that is a better place for all.”
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