Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 - nickcarraway
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged the Christian community to join in the journey of change and renewal for a better Malaysia.
Najib said he understood that the members of the community might have felt the Government was not doing enough to engage them.
He reaffirmed his commitment to the Christians, adding that they should not feel that they had been forgotten.
“The countless personal interactions I have had with church leaders show I have not forgotten the Christian community as some have alleged.
“In fact, every community, be it an ethnic or religious community, is important to my government and me because we cannot exclude anybody,” he said at the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) Christmas reception, which was hosted by the Lutheran Church on Tuesday.
Najib also said the Government had achieved quite a lot through subtle engagement away from the glare of publicity.
Festive spirit: Najib having a chat with (from left) Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, Bishop Ng, Bishop Kok and Rev Eu Hong Sen during the Christmas reception. The latest decision to lift the restriction on Christians to carry out their pilgrimages to Jerusalem was one of the results, he added.
“I believe that there is a place for all of us under the Malaysian sun. This country is large enough for all our aspirations and we must work together to make this a reality,” he said.
“I am also here today to once again offer the hand of friendship of the Government, to embrace the Christian community and to share your goodwill.”
Also present were Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and CFM chairman Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing.
Najib said that while the Christian community had played a significant role in the field of education in Malaysia, their contributions were also prominent in other areas such as welfare homes, legal aid clinics and outreach programmes.
He acknowledged that he was a “product” of mission schools, adding that the values which were inculcated in him such as tenacity, hard work, diligence and integrity had served him well in his duties as Prime Minister.
Bishop Philip Kok of Luther Centre thanked the Prime Minister for lifting the restriction on pilgrimages to Jerusalem.
“Indeed, this is a wonderful Christmas gift for many of our members,” Kok said.