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Interfaith walk for peace and unity in Selangor on Malaysia Day

According to Fr. Simon Labrooy, the walk was essential in instilling respect to one another despite race or religion.

 
People of different religions on the Walk of Faiths in Friendship 2015, around the lake in Taman Tasik Shah Alam, in show of unity on Malaysia Day. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Raymund Wong, September 16, 2015.
Malaysia: 

Around 1,000 people from different religions came together on Sept 16 at Taman Tasik Shah Alam, Selangor, for a walk in a show of unity on Malaysia Day.

The Walk of Faiths in Friendship 2015, which champions the ideals of peace, respect and love, has been held since 2013 and was first organised by The Church of Divine Mercy, Shah Alam.

This year, however, the event was organised by various groups from the Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindhu, Baha'i and Christian communities.

According to The Church of Divine Mercy parish priest Fr. Simon Labrooy, the walk was essential in instilling respect to one another despite race or religion.

“Unity will always be the focus as we grow together as Malaysians. We have our own religions, and our religion is our own way to God, and we need to respect each other’s journey.

We cannot say anything bad about each other or use a bad word like religious tolerance. There is no love in tolerance. We need to respect each other’s faith,” he said.

Shah Alam Buddhist Society president Datuk Vincent S.C. Lim said that the interfaith council will now be able unite Malaysians despite their differences.

“Today is Malaysia Day, we want to show the true Malaysia; to show how Malaysians should act and live and work together, it is only then that we can move forward together in unity,” he said.

Assemblyman Yaakob Sapari said that it was through gatherings like this that people of different races and religions could understand each other better.

“There is more understanding when all the different races get together. If you stay apart from each other; the Chinese separate from the Malays, separate from the Indians... there is will be prejudice because there is no understanding.

“With more interaction between different races, we can understand each other, and through this understanding there will be respect. That is when we can live peacefully and harmoniously,” he said.

Before the walk began, participants stood proudly and sang the national anthem, after which, they followed the religious leaders around the lake.

After the walk, refreshments were distributed and each leader gave a short speech on the importance of unity and coming together as Malaysians.

Finally, the leaders each held a white pigeon and released them to signify freedom and peace on Malaysia Day.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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