KUALA LUMPUR: The government plans to incorporate the “principle of moderation” in schools’ co-curriculum in an effort to maintain peace and harmony in the country.
During a question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Putrajaya plans to consult leaders of all major religions in the country to discuss inculcating the principle of moderation among the younger generation, from an early age.
“If we study all religions, they have universal practices that can be applied to all. Despite our different faiths, we must stress on the value of (moderation and) togetherness – whether it is in Christianity or Buddhism – as these are good practices.
“Other leaders must be united. We are planning to (create moderation). We are planning to include this in schools’ co-curriculum,” Najib said.
He was responding to a question from Tenom Member of Parliament, Datuk Raime Unggi, on measures taken to maintain peace and harmony in the country, to enable the government to plan various programmes to improve people’s standard of living.
Najib said to achieve moderation could be a challenge, as whipping up anger and hatred in someone is easier than to instil tolerance.
The Prime Minister also called on all leaders from across the political divide to stand united and share the same platform on the struggle to achieve moderation as a way of life.-NST