Ku­rup: Liv­ing in har­mony, thanks to mod­er­a­tion

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

SEREMBAN: The prox­im­ity of the four places of wor­ship along Jalan Yam Tuan here is a clear tes­ta­ment to how much multi-racial Malaysians cher­ish peace and re­spect for one an­other, Tan Sri Joseph Ku­rup said.

The Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter's Depart­ment said the fact that a mosque, church, Sikh gur­d­wara and a Hindu tem­ple could be lo­cated within a stone's throw of one an­other was proof that Malaysians could co-ex­ist in peace and har­mony de­spite their dif­fer­ences.

"That is what makes us unique. We would not have had these places of wor­ship lo­cated al­most next to one an­other if we were not united," he said when launch­ing the "Go Make A Dif­fer­ence" car­ni­val at the Church of The Visi­ta­tion in con­junc­tion with Malaysia Day.

The church, Gur­d­wara Sahib Seremban and Sri Balathan­dayutha­pani Hindu Tem­ple were all built more than a cen­tury ago while the Masjid Negeri was con­structed half a cen­tury ago.

Ku­rup said Malaysians were able to live in har­mony as the coun­try's el­ders have ad­vo­cated mod­er­a­tion.

"We have also re­li­giously lived by the five prin­ci­ples of Rukun Ne­gara and this has helped ce­ment com­mu­nal peace and har­mony.

"We must al­ways re­mem­ber that unity is the bedrock of a suc­cess­ful na­tion and we must con­tinue to cel­e­brate our diver­sity," he said.

Ku­rup com­mended the or­ga­nis- ers of the car­ni­val for bring­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent faiths to cel­e­brate the event.

"We should never un­der­mine or be­lit­tle the be­liefs of other peo­ple be­cause only those who do not have self-con­fi­dence or re­spect for oth­ers would re­sort to such acts," he said.

Malaysian Car­di­nal of the Ro­man Catholic Church An­thony Soter Fer­nan­dez, who was also present, said such events helped build bridges among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent races.

"May we all re­mind our­selves that we be­long to one race – the hu­man race and that we have one lan­guage – the lan­guage of love," An­thony Soter said.

The day-long car­ni­val be­gan with the singing of Ne­garaku fol­lowed by the recita­tion of Rukun Ne­gara.

Apart from the many stalls set up sell­ing food pre­pared by the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, there were also cul­tural per­for­mances and other ac­tiv­i­ties held at the church grounds.

Joy­ous oc­ca­sion: Ku­rup (cen­tre), Church of The Visi­ta­tion par­ish priest fa­ther Ge­orge Har­ri­son (on Ku­rup’s right), Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan hu­man re­sources, plan­ta­tions and new vil­lages com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk L. Man­ickam (on Ku­rup’s left) cut­ting a cake to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives and chil­dren from other faiths in con­junc­tion with Malaysia Day.

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