KANGAR, Feb 13 (Bernama) — The good values in every religion generates the basis to harmonious living and strong binding for unity, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah.
“There should not be any criticism directed at any religion as it could cause differences and destroy the harmony,” he said when speaking at the 2011 World Interfaith Harmony Week programme at the Arau matriculation college here last night.
The programme was officiated by state culture, youth and sports committee chairman Abdul Jamil Saad, on behalf of the Perlis menteri besar.
Murugiah said the World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration was inspired by Prince Ghazi Mohammad, the personal envoy, adviser and cousin of King Abdullah Ibni Al-Hussein, the King of Jordan.
The deputy minister said Prince Ghazi had presented a resolution at the United Nations on Oct 20, last year, and had agreed to jointly celebrate the week on the first week of February each year, beginning this year.
Among others, the celebration hopes to create awareness and increase multi-racial cooperation and harmony worldwide, aimed at creating a peaceful and prosperous world.
Earlier, a unity discussion, themed ‘Love God, Love Neighbours in the Context of Unity’ involving various religious leaders was held.