Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Malaysian PM Urges Australia To Promote Tolerance.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urge Australia to take a lead role in promoting tolerance between religions. He was speaking at Curtin University in Perth, after being awarded an honorary doctorate of technology.
Pak Lah says Australia should use its diversity to improve the relationship between Christians and Muslims. He says he still considers Australia a tolerant nation, even in the light of December's Cronulla riots in Sydney.
"Even tolerant people have problems but the most important thing is how do you manage, how do you respond to such problems?" he said. "You must be able to deal with these destructive forces and deal on the principle, the basis that we opt for tolerance."