LIVING in a multi-diverse country such as Malaysia, it is important to understand each other’s religion more comprehensively as it promotes unity.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this when he attended the Taoism Culture Exhibition and Forum at Ng Yam Huat Hall in Bukit Mertajam today.
The event was organised by the Federation of Taoist Associations Malaysia (FTAM) Penang branch.
“Everyone has their own religious belief, but we are living in a multi-religious country.
“In addition to respecting each other, I believe it would be better if we can understand each other’s religion more comprehensively.
“Therefore, it is hoped that through similar activities such as this, the public will have a better understanding of the various religions. As for today, it is about Taoism in this event,” Chow said during his speech at the hall.
Chow also shared that the state government has contributed a total of RM60,000 to organise the Taoism Culture Exhibition and Forum.
“To support this meaningful event and make it go smoothly, I announce an allocation of RM30,000 in addition to the RM30,000 from the Penang Harmony Corporation (Harmonico), making it a total of RM60,000 from the state government,” he said.
Chow added that organising such an event would also help to prevent any misunderstandings that may lead to racial or religious disharmony caused by certain groups who politicise religion.
“Irrespective of race and religion, the state government respects its people and treats them equally.
“Penang government has made a lot of effort, including the establishment of several agencies as well as funds, to achieve the goal of religious harmony.
“For instance, in 2016, the state government established the RIBI (places of worship other than Islam) Fund.
“Then in 2019, the Harmony Centre at Scotland Road was launched.
“And in 2021 the Penang Harmony Corporation (Harmonico) was established to promote a new concept of religious harmony,” he added.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Siew Chia En
Video by Law Suun Ting