Malaysia Can Win World Harmony Contest – Koh

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PETALING JAYA, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has a strong chance of winning the 'World Interfaith Harmony Week 2013' (WIHM) which is celebrated today until Feb 7, based on the uniqueness and prosperity of the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said, the competition, organised by Jordan, has to date received participation from more than 40 countries who are members of the United Nations.

"Malaysia may has a chance to wrest the first prize which offers US$25,000 (RM77,100) cash because of the characteristics of harmony practiced in the country for so long.

"We are confident Malaysia will perform well, exemplary and supreme in line with its harmony and unity and this reflected a tolerant and open attitude in celebrating the diversity of race and religion," he told reporters after launching a Goodwill Adventure in conjunction with WIHM, here, Friday.

In the meantime, he said, the Goodwill Adventure was joined by 80 young participants of various races and religions who would travel by bus to four states, namely Perak, Penang, Melaka and Johor.