Where are the Muslims? — Faris Iskandar Abdul Rahman

FEBRUARY 1 — It’s not something new to hear cases involving conflict of religions in Malaysia such as the recent Indira Gandhi’s case of religious conversion on children.

Then I came across a group called Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).

I wonder, where are the Muslims? Why are the Muslims not part of a council that helps to solve inter religious issues?

And I also noticed that in many discussions among Malaysians, we tend to either categorise people as Muslims or non-Muslims. Seldom do we use non-Christians or non-Hindus.

Why are the Muslims separated from others? Aren’t we all the same? We still eat, drink and sleep. And our blood is still red.

Are Muslims in this country so superior or so oppressed that we need to be segregated from other faiths? I don’t think so and it shouldn’t be.

I am not pointing fingers here. I just feel it is time for us to set aside our differences and start embracing our similarities for the betterment of humanity.

Have more open dialogues and start mixing around. Only then, we will understand each other better.

Finally, I just want to wish all of the Hindus out there a Happy Thaipusam!!

*This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online.

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