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PETALING JAYA- The government has responded to the growing concerns from the Christian community here that not enough was being done to engage them.
This among others could be seen from the government's decision to lift the travel restrictions to Jerusalem
This move reflects the government's clear aim to recognise the needs of the Christian community in Malaysia said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
"I believe that God fearing Christians with strong values is a good thing for Malaysia.
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"We have in fact achieved quite a lot through subtle engagement away from the glare of publicity.
"I do not want to be a Prime Minister for only a section of the community, but for all Malaysians," he said he said at a Christmas hi-tea reception organized by the Christian Federation of Malaysia here.
Najib said his personal interactions with church leaders showed the inclusivity practiced by the government.
He adds that the inter-religious dialogues and discussions needs to be engaged with one another in a constructive manner.
"None of us should fear constructive dialogue because we can only respect and appreciate one another more if we know each other better.
"It is comforting to know that Christian leaders are active participants in the Committee on Promoting Harmony and Understanding Amongst Religious Adherent, which has been meeting regularly for three years," Najib said at the gathering hosted by the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.
Acknowledging the fact that he had been a product of a mission school in his younger days, Najib lauded the community's contribution to education which extended to even before Malaysia was formed.
"The community's contribution stretches beyond just education, as many welfare homes, legal aid clinics, outreach and protection programmes are solely due to their innate goodwill."
He also urged the Christian community to work more closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to further extend its outreach and accentuate its effectiveness.