Events to promote World Inter-Faith Harmony Week

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KUCHING: The Promoting Inter-Religious Harmony and Understanding Amongst Adherents Malaysia committee through the Department of National Unity and Integration and the Islamic Information Centre (IIC) will host a variety of events here in conjunction with World Inter-Faith Harmony Week 2013.

World Inter-Faith Harmony Week 2013 is an outcome of a United Nations (UN) resolution, proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi Mohammad of Jordan, calling on all UN member states to observe a worldwide week aimed to promote accord between all people.

For the state-level celebration, a series of programmes have been designed to strengthen the spirit of unity and multi-religious understanding among the people of various faiths.

The programme will begin with a dinner with the leaders of various faith-based organisations in Kuching at Pentarama, DBKU tomorrow (Feb 4).

Around 100 leaders from various faith-based organisations, cultural associations and government agencies will attend the dinner, where Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will be guest of honour.

The youth and women from some of the organisations will visit the Kuching Buddhist Society Village, the Paediatric Ward and Cancer Ward of Sarawak General Hospital, and also the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centre (CCRU) Kuching.

The final event will be multi-religious forum on ‘Faith and Good Governance’ organised by the Islamic Information Centre on Feb 23.

Speakers from five different backgrounds will share their thoughts and provide insights on what constitutes good governance.

About 300 participants are expected.