Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin has told off the group which protested against district-level Christmas and New Year celebration in Sabah, telling these people not to bring the culture of intolerance to Sabah.
According to an FMT report, Bung has said that even though Tawau was a Muslim-majority area, celebrating Christmas, New Year and other festivities was a “non-issue”.
“We Sabahans are flexible. We celebrate everything. Please don’t bring this type of culture here, don’t try.
“Please be smart and don’t be emotional,” the Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin said.
The group was reported claiming to represent various political parties including Warisan, Umno, Pas and various other Islamic groups. They had issued a statement condemning the Christmas carnival in Tawau.
A member of G25, Johan Ariffin was also reported to have urged the people to ignore such behaviours.
“Sabah is well known for being a tolerant, multi-religious and multicultural society.
“Even Hadi Awang, the president of PAS, has mentioned his deep admiration of the Sabah people as a shining example of a tolerant society,” he said.
Adding that it shows how narrow-minded and intolerant some Muslims had become by opposing Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“They do not know their place, and if their motives are to show discontent, they have no place in our society.
“Perhaps it would be better for them to be relocated to a remote island nation where they can practise their intolerant beliefs and teachings,” he was reportedly saying by FMT
G25 is a progressive group comprising of retired senior government officials committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirm justice, compassion, mercy, equity.
by Bob Tan
2 January 2019 17:40