After years of talks between the Catholic Church and the government of majority-Muslim Malaysia, the Vatican and Malaysia have agreed to establish diplomatic ties, following a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
PM Najib's visit was said to have been intended to reassure Christians in his country, who have long complained of discrimination. In 2008, Chinese and Indian minorities across Malaysia, who are mainly Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, abandoned the government and voted for the opposition. Many complained of racism and a lack of religious freedom
Ethnic and religious tensions have risen ahead of expected national polls.
In a statement, the Vatican said that during their "cordial conversations, the positive developments in bilateral relations were discussed and an agreement was reached to establish diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See".
The Vatican said the two leaders had also discussed the importance of cultural and religious dialogue for the promotion of peace, Associated Press news agency reports.
Mr Najib's meeting with the Pope is significant for Malaysia's Christian community, which makes up about 9% of the population.
But like all diplomatic signings, it is all plastic smiles until one party shows their fangs!
AS EXPECTED It happened a few days ago when directives are out that caroling must have permits in Klang the royal town of Selangor.
And just yesterday in an interview with the Sultan of Selangor in a run-up to his Birthday, the Sultan told the Star that “politics and religion cannot mix. Among Muslims, it creates a split. Among other religions, even worse, it can cause clashes…..we should respect each other’s religion. Do not interfere. You pray your way. I pray mine. I am sure God will know."
WITHOUT A DOUBT GOD KNOWS! But others play dumb, those authorized, anointed and appointed! Errrrrrrrr Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, (on extreme let of pic), It would be very near one year when Christian images and paraphernalia were directed to be taken down when the PM went for some Christmas lunch or dinner with this Tan Sri Bishop!
SPEAK UP MAN
OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR TONGUE!
JUST DO IT!
HOWEVER HERE IS AN EXCEPTION.