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Tolerance, forgiveness are key to fostering unity and harmony in Malaysia, says Ligunjang

KOTA KINABALU: Former Petagas assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang opined that tolarence and forgiveness play vital roles in nurturing understanding and harmony within Malaysia’s diverse society, particularly in light of the recent controversy surrounding socks.

According to him, Malaysia is renowned for its rich blend of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, which contribute to its unique beauty but also present challenges in maintaining social cohesion.

“Tolerance involves acknowledging and respecting the diversity of society without prejudice or bias.

“This value is of utmost importance in Malaysia, where Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks, Kadazans, and various indigenous groups coexist,” he said in his latest social media post.

Ligunjang said each group brings its own traditions, languages, religious practices, and cultures, collectively shaping Malaysia’s national identity.

“Forgiveness is equally significant as it involves letting go of grudges and bitterness towards those who may have caused offence or harm.

“In a society characterised by such diversity, misunderstandings and conflicts are inevitable. Forgiveness aids in healing the wounds of the past, moving beyond grievances, and working towards a united future,” he said.

He said it encourages dialogue, reconciliation, and the mending of social relationships, all of which are fundamental for national unity.

Ligunjang said promoting tolerance and forgiveness among Malaysians can help address and mitigate racial and religious tensions, build bridges across communities, and create a more inclusive and peaceful society.

Education plays a crucial role in this endeavour, as do community and national leaders who serve as examples through their words and actions, he added.

In this respect, he said initiatives that foster interaction, understanding, and shared experiences among different communities can also be instrumental in cultivating these virtues.

“By promoting a culture of empathy, respect, and compassion, tolerance and forgiveness pave the way for greater understanding and harmony.

“Such a culture enriches the social fabric of Malaysia while strengthening its resilience against division and conflict, ensuring a stable and prosperous future for all Malaysians.

“Rather than divisions, what Malaysia truly needs is unity in purpose,” he said.

Tolerance and forgiveness are key to fostering unity and harmony in Malaysia, says Ligunjang

KOTA KINABALU: Former Petagas assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang opined that tolerence and forgiveness play vital roles in nurturing understanding and harmony within Malaysia’s diverse society, particularly in light of the recent controversy surrounding socks.

According to him, Malaysia is renowned for its rich blend of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, which contribute to its unique beauty but also present challenges in maintaining social cohesion.

“Tolerance involves acknowledging and respecting the diversity of society without prejudice or bias.

“This value is of utmost importance in Malaysia, where Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks, Kadazans, and various indigenous groups coexist,” he said in his latest social media post.

Ligunjang said each group brings its own traditions, languages, religious practices, and cultures, collectively shaping Malaysia’s national identity.

“Forgiveness is equally significant as it involves letting go of grudges and bitterness towards those who may have caused offence or harm.

“In a society characterised by such diversity, misunderstandings and conflicts are inevitable. Forgiveness aids in healing the wounds of the past, moving beyond grievances, and working towards a united future,” he said.

He said it encourages dialogue, reconciliation, and the mending of social relationships, all of which are fundamental for national unity.

Ligunjang said promoting tolerance and forgiveness among Malaysians can help address and mitigate racial and religious tensions, build bridges across communities, and create a more inclusive and peaceful society.

Education plays a crucial role in this endeavour, as do community and national leaders who serve as examples through their words and actions, he added.

In this respect, he said initiatives that foster interaction, understanding, and shared experiences among different communities can also be instrumental in cultivating these virtues.

“By promoting a culture of empathy, respect, and compassion, tolerance and forgiveness pave the way for greater understanding and harmony.

“Such a culture enriches the social fabric of Malaysia while strengthening its resilience against division and conflict, ensuring a stable and prosperous future for all Malaysians.

“Rather than divisions, what Malaysia truly needs is unity in purpose,” he said.

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