Thursday, May 7, 2009

Chew: Learning about other faiths doesn’t mean conversion

The Star News : Sunday May 3, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Learning about each other’s religions should not be misconstrued as a sign of potential conversion.

Lighting up: Monks and devotees walking alongside a float at the launch of Wesak celebration at Chempaka Buddhist Lodge in Petaling Jaya.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said it was important for people to learn and understand other religions to strengthen inter-religious ties.

“It is very important not to confine ourselves to our own religion.

“We actually need to study other religions as well to understand how they view some issues.

“To strengthen unity among Malaysians, all must be willing to learn and understand other religions.

“However, this does not mean people are seeking to convert to another religion. The purpose is just to understand it better,” Chew said after launching the Wesak Day celebrations and lighting of floats ceremony at the Chempaka Buddhist Lodge here.

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