Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) commends Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia for their initiative in hosting a Christmas dinner to be attended by more than 200 representatives from various ethnic and religious organisations.
The dinner event is to celebrate the many communities living together in our country.
Significant for this event is that a number of Malay NGOs and religious organisations will be celebrating together, such as Perkasa, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), the youth wing of Pas, the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, the Young Buddhists Association of Malaysia, the Malaysian Bahai community, and many church and Christian leaders.
The event provides hope for a revival of what the country was in its early days where race and religious issues were never an impediment to national unity and harmony. Patriot takes note of the warm receptivity to the objectives of the event. The overwhelming response by the various entities representing the many religious segments and bodies in the country is not only timely, but a greater step forward to a greater new Malaysia.
Patriot in supporting this initiative also reiterates that this development is a marked departure from the divisive, threatening, seditious and diabolic antics of the past perpetrated by the previous regime which deprived Malaysians their right to a harmonious coexistence in this beloved nation of ours.
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Let this Christmas dinner gathering be an important milestone to herald the rebirth of a loving, caring and understanding society in our new Malaysia, where every son and daughter is proud to call my home.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.