PM: Find Ways to Reach Out to Other Religions

April 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star Online

One of the most difficult “bridges” to build is to have people appreciate the value system of others, be it in terms of religion or forms of worship, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Prime Minister said that “bridge” should be cautiously built and strengthened.

“It has been proven that the more societies learn about other cultures, they too become more tolerant and accepting of others,” he said yesterday in his speech at the Asem (Asia-Europe Meeting) Culture Ministers meeting.

Abdullah said dialogues and cooperation between cultures and civilisations should aim to tackle simultaneously the two inter-related problems.

He said while identifying the best approaches for promoting mutual understanding and tolerance, it should at the same time achieve success in removing ignorance and prejudices.