KOTA BELUD: Sabahans will not accept all forms of religious extremism as it might cause disharmony among the people, said State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
“Sabah has a different culture and practised a higher level of religious tolerance and understanding.
“All peace-loving Sabahans cannot accept religious extremism. What is happening in the peninsula has no bearing in Sabah.
“Sabah has never had problems between Muslims and Christians all this while, and that should not change,” he said in the statement, here, Monday.
Last week, about 50 Taman Medan residents in Kuala Lumpur staged a protest against the Community of Praise Petaling Jaya Church for putting up a cross on its shoplot facade, claiming the act was a challenge to Islam and could influence young Muslims.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had issued a statement that the police were investigating the incident and would take action under the Sedition Act and other laws if the protesters were found to have acted unlawfully.
Salleh, who is also the Sabah Umno liaison deputy chief, said any attempt to bring in religious politics to Sabah was bound to fail.
“I believe Sabahans will not allow religious politics to creep into the state, known for its religious harmony despite having more than 32 ethnic groups.
“We have to maintain peace and harmony at all costs,” he said.
Expressing concern over the threat of religious extremism in the country, the former chief minister called on all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or political affiliations to unite and stand up against religious extremism. – BERNAMA