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Friday, September 22, 2006
Sincere Dialogues, YES; Open Dialogues, NO


In New York recently, at the UN General Assembly, our wise but slow moving PM, who is also chairman of the OIC, called for sincere dialogue among the bickering human family of the world.

According to the SUN and BERNAMA, Pak Lah said much of the ills in the world resulted from irrational actions caused by prejudices in human attitudes, no thanks to the failure to dialogue, communicate and reach out to one another as fellow human beings.

Meanwhile at home, the Minister in the PM's Department who is in-charge of National Unity, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said the government had decided to stop quarters, including NGOs from organising open discussions on inter-racial and inter-faith issues.

At the same time, Minister Datuk Maximus, is quoted by the SUN as saying ::
"But this does not mean the government does not allow dialogues on religion. The government encourages discussions on religion, but not in the open."


So internationally, we have the PM calling for sincere dialogue on inter-faith issues, while at home, we have noneless than the MInister of National Unity saying that we cannot have open dialogue on inter-racial and inter-faith issues.

Who do we follow? Is it possible to have sincere dialogue and at the same time have no open dialogue?

Further, according to a BERNAMA report quoted by the SUN, the National Unity Minister said ::
Inter-racial dialogue or discussion is allowed only if the programme is handled by the National Unity and Integration Department with the collaboration of the Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) and the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)


With such "open dialogue" monitored, is it any wonder why, at least in the local setting, Islam is the most misunderstood religion.
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