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Multi-faith group holds walk for racial harmony

The Star Online logo The Star Online 16/12/2017 By CHONG KAH YUAN

GEORGE TOWN: It was a leisurely stroll along the historic Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling but its impact would likely be felt for many years to come.

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The group of walkers comprised people from different faiths and cultural backgrounds whose mission was to promote racial harmony with the approaching festive period.

Starting their Christmas Harmony Walk from Masjid Lebuh Acheh at the far end of the road which is known as Harmony Street, the group walked to Masjid Kapitan Keling, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Goddess of Mercy Temple before ending at the St George’s Church.

Bishop Charles Samuel said their aim was to build greater harmony among Malaysians of all faiths.

“We may be small in number but what we have done is a representation of peace. It is important to enjoy the peace that we have today.

“Every race needs to make a greater effort to be grateful for the harmony that we are blessed with in the country today,” he said.

Think City chairman Datuk Anwar Fazal said the walk was to celebrate the diversity and the many colours of Malaysia.

“This street represents one of the most magnificent celebrations of our diversity,” he added.

Widad Rawa, 58, said although beliefs varied, tolerance and harmony made the celebration of Malaysian’s diversity possible.

“We may not celebrate Christmas but we learn from each other and respect others. This occasion brings people together to foster good interfaith relations,” said Widad, who was joined by her brother, Masjid Lebuh Acheh committee chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Corporate trainer Jenny Liew, 51, said the event also gave her the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds.

“I will join in when people come together,” she added.

Cheah Kongsi chairman Cheah Swee Huat said participants got a better understanding of each other’s faith and culture at the event.

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