Published on: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun has clarified that he never said the contents of the al-Quran and Bible are similar.
"I think my speech at the Waterfront Kaamatan on May 23 may have been misunderstood or misinterpreted. I was actually talking about the common and universal values of all religions, in particular between Islam and Christianity, not comparing the Koran and the Bible," he said here Monday.
He said there were similarities in the teachings of the two religions with Islam recognising Jesus as a prophet.
"It will not be correct to say that the contents of the Koran and the Bible are the same just as Islam and Christianity are two different religions," said Masidi commenting on the report in the Borneo Post.
He said in his speech he was actually urging Malaysians especially Sabahans "to look at the common values of both religions as a reason for us to be united and not to allow the differences to be exploited to create hatred and enmity between people of different religious beliefs."
"Many Sabahans have relatives on both sides of the religious divide and it is incumbent for us to show to the rest of the country that Sabah is the State to emulate when it comes to racial integration and religious tolerance," he said.
Masidi said he understands religious sensitivity and has taken the initiative to issue a clarification to avoid misunderstanding by giving the correct meaning and interpretation of his reported statement on the issue.