Hope for A More Peaceful Malaysia

Closing the gap… From left: Apostolic Nuncio Joseph Marino (Vatican to Malaysia); CPHM Trustee Caroline Soon; Rev. Wong; Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup (Minister in the PM’s Department); Perkasa President Datuk Ibrahim Ali; CPHM Advisor Jason Leong; a guest; and CPHM Trustee Joshua Hong.

Closing the gap… From left: Apostolic Nuncio Joseph Marino (Vatican to Malaysia); CPHM Trustee Caroline Soon; Rev. Wong; Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup (Minister in the PM’s Department); Perkasa President Datuk Ibrahim Ali; CPHM Advisor Jason Leong; a guest; and CPHM Trustee Joshua Hong.

Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia (CPHM) was officially launched on June 2nd by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak at the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The auspicious dinner event was attended by 1,200 representatives from over 300 churches, dignitaries and ambassadors, nongovernmental organisations and other
faith-based groups such as the Muslims Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) and Perkasa as well as several Cabinet ministers.

During the launch, CPHM Chairman Rev. Wong Kim Kong shared that the formation of CPHM was crucial in these times because of the increasing religious strain that is being felt across Malaysia today. He shared that the heart of CPHM is to spread positive messages of peace and  harmony so as to encourage moderation and love for the nation and its people.

He added, “In the midst of diversity, we are fortunate as Malaysians. We share one common factor that unites us together. It is our citizenry commitment and loyalty to our King and the nation… Let us together redeem the rich heritage of our nation – peaceful and harmonious co-existence of all races.”

Datuk Seri Idris Jala, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, (centre) and his wife, Pang Ngan Yue, with Bumiputera representatives.

Datuk Seri Idris Jala, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, (centre) and his wife, Pang Ngan Yue, with Bumiputera representatives.

Datuk Seri Najib too urged attendees to walk the path of peace and harmony. “We’re all Malaysians, the only difference is not how long you’ve been here or where you come from or what religion you profess. The only difference is your love for Malaysia.” He also made a tongue-in-cheek comment that hopefully, Perkasa would “tone down a bit.”

Multi-religious peace… CPHM Trustee Joshua Hong (3rd from right) with religious leaders.

Multi-religious peace… CPHM Trustee Joshua Hong (3rd from right) with religious leaders.

“The dream of peace is elusive and only persistent peacemakers will bring it to pass. CPHM pledges to move onward in this mission,” Rev. Wong concluded. Indeed, even through the simple act of extending a hand of friendship and mutual respect, the launch of CPHM saw the beginnings of reconciliation between Muslims and Christians who were present at the dinner, and with it, the bright hope for a peaceful Malaysia.

On October 1st, 2015, posted in: Latest Events by

Comments are closed.