Dr James Ratnam has been elected Chairman of Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBHST) Perak, for the period 2018-2020. The interreligious group was formed about 20 years ago. It is composed primarily of officials from the main non-Muslim faith communities in Malaysia and acts as a consultative and liaison body towards more open dialogue and cooperation.
James said “Respect, understanding, tolerance and unity are the hallmarks of Malaysia’s multi-religious, cultural and racial community and society. On the religious aspect, we must respect all spiritual paths and honour the Divine Wisdom of all religions, faiths and creeds prevailing in the country.”
MCCBCHST is dedicated to the promotion of goodwill, harmony and unity amongst all Malaysians irrespective of creed, religion, race, culture or gender. Round-table dialogue is its principal and preferred means to resolve potential conflicts arising from differences in a plural society. They believe that there can be unity in diversity. ‘Many Faiths, One Nation’ is our vision for Malaysia.
James added that the group celebrates all religious festivals and once a year gather at one religious place. They focus on the youth and give motivation talks.
Assemblyman for Buntong, A. Sivasubramaniam, is co-ordinating with the committee. Ipoh Echo through this scribe, has been trying for more than three weeks to contact Siva to no avail. There was no problem when he was in the opposition. If an assemblyman is not reachable, how is he going to serve the people?
The question to Siva is: “What is the government offering for the committee?”