The former international trade and industry minister said the focus has been on religion itself and not what religion teaches.
“Religion is all about good values.
“Our domestic environment is the one that should give us worry.
“In Malaysia, we have the problem where everything is politicised,” she said during the HELP University Conversation on National Issues here yesterday.
Rafidah said parents play a big part in fostering a culture of acceptance in their children.Parents, she added, should teach their children the right attitude before “some bigoted teacher” tells them that one religion is better and that other religions or cultures are haram (illegal).
“Let’s promote harmony, beginning at home. Tell your children that these are the real facts about religion,” she continued.
She also said Malaysia should focus on global mega trends which would affect its people within the next five years.
Among them, Rafidah listed, are climate change, good stewardship of the environment and the rise of digital technology.
“Otherwise there is no future,” said the National Economic Action Council member.
Rafidah said that sometimes, Malaysians tend to look overly inwards and lose sight of how global issues affect them.
There is no need to demand bumiputra rights as the young bumiputra are able to compete on their own now, she said.
“The doors are already open,” she said, adding that this can be seen in the number of bumiputra who have gone overseas.
“Every one of us shapes the future,” she said.
This is the second forum organised by HELP University this year themed “The Future of Malaysia”.
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