Perkasa has a friend in new Christian group

KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa has expressed cautious optimism that its upcoming meeting with a new Christian group will be able to help correct negative news reports on the rightwing Malay NGO.

“We welcome the invitation by Christians for Peace and Harmony Malaysia (CPHM) and we responded immediately upon receiving their invite,” said Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali. “We always look forward to have dialogues to create more understanding with one another.”

Perkasa, he stressed, was not racist as made out to be by media reports. “For example, it has been reported that I called for burning the Bible. That was misreporting,” he said.

He added that a dinner and dialogue was due to be held on August 2 with the Perkasa Supreme Council.

CPHM chairman Rev Wong Kim Kong confirmed that Ibrahim was very keen to engage with his group. “He came to our launch on June 2. Upon hearing our presentation, he reciprocated well,” he said.

Wong said that as Christians, they must learn to forgive and love. “That’s also the basis of CPHM,” he said. “They (Perkasa) are seen as ‘very extreme’ and anti-Christian.”

“We want to be friends.”

Wong disclosed that Ibrahim had invited CPHM to Perkasa’s Hari Raya open house on August 1, a day before the roundtable discussion between the top leadership of both NGOs. “We have to still work out the topics and Agenda.”

“We need to come to an understanding on issues that will not disrupt the peace.”

CPHM, he stressed, was apolitical and was established to work towards “protecting peace and harmony between races and religions”.

“We want to help bring back the good old days from the 1960s and 70s.”

On June 12th, 2015, posted in: Latest Events by

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