When asked about inter-religious dialogue in the country, Minister at the PM's Department Nazri Aziz hinted that Malaysians may have to live with the double standard.
Nazri was responding Chow Kon Yeow’s (DAP-Tanjong) who asked the PM to state the reason for the ‘double standard’ (talam dua muka) pertaining to inter-religious and cultural dialogues by promoting such dialogues in the international arena and taking a different stand in the country.
“PM and the Cabinet have discussed and we believe that a closed dialogue is the best way of doing it, instead of having an open debate via the media,” said Nazri.
Nazri also explained to Chow that religious sensitivity in the country prevents the government from holding a dialogue. “Malays make the majority race in Malaysia and they openly oppose a dialogue. We cannot do anything if they don’t want to participate in the dialogue,” he said.
Likewise, Nazri, Muslims are the minority in many European countries and yet we support Muslims call for dialogues to improve inter-religious understanding. We believe that Islam, like other religions, promotes peace and good values. We support the PM's statement in Russia that a small band of extremists are giving Islam a bad name.
It does not take a genius for you to understand the anxiety and hope of other religious minorities in this country in wanting a dialogue with the Muslims. If you can deny us a dialogue by claiming that the majority (Malay Muslims) do not want a dialogue then you should be expected to accept any similar respond from the West.
I see no reason for the Muslims in this country not to engage the non-Muslims and to explore ways to co-exist harmoniously.
Nazri, you are giving Islam a bad name! Right thinking Malaysians should ensure that you will not be returned to the next parliament.