DPM: No place for fake news, messages that stoke religious hatred in New Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: The government will not hesitate to take action against those who threaten the unity of Malaysians of different religions, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"Fake news, inflammatory messages that stoke religious hatred have no place in Malaysia Baharu (New Malaysia).

"The government will not hesitate to take action against those who threaten the peace and harmony in this country," said Wan Azizah in her Christmas message on Tuesday (Dec 25).

The Woman, Family and Community Development minister also said that in celebrating other's religious festivals, there is unity.

"Freedom of religion in this country has its best expression in people coming together to share in the religious celebrations of each other," she said when attending a Christmas celebration at the Luther Centre on Tuesday (Dec 25).

Accompanying her were Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok and Hannah Yeoh, who is Wan Azizah’s deputy in the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

On a lighter note, Wan Azizah talked about how her convent education instilled in her the values that she carries today, adding that she can also quote The Lord's Prayer.

"I entered the convent at Primary 1 and as a seven year old, I was mesmerised by the blue eyed Irish nuns," she said.

Wan Azizah also quoted from the Quran, calling for dialogue to overcome problems.

"The Al-Quran encourages using the power of discussion and dialogue to solve problems.

"The most important element in Islam, however, is to advise or deliver  the message in a wise and prudent way, according to the circumstances of  the moment,” she said.

About 200 people of various faiths attended the event along with the top leaders including Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Rev Julian Leow Beng Kim and the bishops of the Lutheran and Methodist Churches.

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