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A National Seminar on National Unity Through Active Inter-Faith Communication and Cooperation: The Role of the Media

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Objectives:

1. Sensitize journalists on the fundamental concepts and practices as well as the common vlaues of the different religous faiths in Malaysia and the utility of common values and cooperation among religions in forging a united and progressive society.

2. Explore the role of the media in bulding bridges betweent hedifferent fiaths as well as races.

3. Provide a platform to various target groups i.e. religous scholars, academics, relevant NGOs, social thinkers and media practitioners to discuss the complex issues of interfaith cooperation and dialogue.

Keynote Address

YB Datuk Dr Hajjah Siti Zaharah Sulaiman

Minister of National Unity and Community Development Malaysia

Session 1: The Humanity of Religion

Chairperson : YBhgs Datuk Dr Syed Othman Alhabshi

President UNITAR

Speaker : Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President

International Movement for a Just World

Session Two : Basic Principles and Deviation in Religion

Chairperson : Prof. Dr. Muddathir Abdel-Rahim (ISTAC)

Speakers :1) Ir Ang Choo Hong, Buddhism

2) Mr. A Vaithilingam, Hindu Sangam, Hinduism

3) Bishop Rt. Rev. Julius D. Paul, Christianity

4) Haji Mokhtar Stork, Freelance Journalist

Field Visits to Place of Worship

Masjid Wilayah, Jalan Duta

St. Mary's Church Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square

Buddhist Temple, Brickfields

Hindu Temple, Brickfields

Session 3: Impressions on the Field Visits

Chairperson: YBhg Datuk Rejal Ahmad Arbee

Group Editor, Berita Harian

Session 4 : How Media is Reporting on Religious Issues?

Chairperson : Mr. P.C. Shivadas

Speakers : 1) YBhg Datuk Ng Poh Tip

Chief Group Editor, The Star

2) YBhg Datin Rose Ismail

Managing Editor, NST

3) Mr. Astora Jabat

Editor, Religious Affairs, Utusan Melayu

4) Mr. Bob Teoh

Ex. Editor, NST

Session 5 : Panel Discussion: Religion for Peace: Caring for Mankind

Chairperson : Mr. Zainon Ahmad

Editor-in-Chief, SUN

Panelists: Mother Mangalam

Pure Life Society

Mr. Raymond Rashid

Associate Editor NST

Dato' J. Jegathesan

President Sathya Sai Baba

Dr. Zulkifli Ahmad

Harakah

Puan Sharifah Zuriah Aljefferi

Sisters-in-Islam

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Venue

APDC Building, Persiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur

Contact

Dr. Peter Schier

Provided by

Malaysia Office