No Less A Muslim In Giving Festive Greetings To Christians: Malaysian leader

Published on: December 26, 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 25 — DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang today said discouraging Muslims from wishing Christmas greetings went against the teachings of Islam.
 
Lim Kit Siang takes the view that discouraging Muslims from wishing Christmas greetings went against the teachings of Islam. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Lim Kit Siang takes the view that discouraging Muslims from wishing Christmas greetings went against the teachings of Islam. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

While calling upon Malaysians to turn the country into one of the world's foremost nations for interfaith dialogue, understanding and tolerance, he criticised the view of PAS Youth leader Mohamad Khalil Abdul Hadi who yesterday warned Muslims not to celebrate Christmas.

“It is a primitive view which is alien to the Constitution, the Rukunegara and all the precepts to unite multiracial, multilingual, multi religious and multicultural Malaysia,” Lim said in a statement.

Lim said when notable figures such as Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim extended their Christmas greetings to the rakyat, it did not make them become less of a Muslim as a result of such greetings to Christians.

“It is clear Mohamad Khalil has a long way to go to become a fully acceptable political leader,” he said.

Lim even cited Turkish President Recep Erdoğan's Christmas message posted on Sunday, which stressed Turkey's cultural diversity.

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