Gov't to set limits to religious pluralism
The government will set proper limits to control and curb the elements of religious pluralism in the country so that all threats related to it will be kept at bay, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom.
He said of late, there were numerous organised efforts being carried out to challenge the freedom allowed in Islam.
The efforts, he said were not just being mounted by certain domestic groups with the support of the new media, but also with the support from international liberal groups.
"Efforts to challenge the noble teachings of Islam can be seen clearly through the organising of several programmes which promote the culture of extreme freedom in the name of human rights and anti-discrimination bandied about by certain non-governmental organisations.
"They are trying to do this by putting pressure on our country to surrender and adhere to what they said as 'international standards and laws' to allow total freedom of human rights, which contravenes the principles and teachings of Islam, the cultures of our multi-racial people, and the spirit of the Federal Constitution."
Jamil Khir said this in his speech at the National Maulidur Rasul 1438H celebration, which was also attended by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya today.
Also present were Prime Minister's wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa.