subtle conversion at work?

August 16th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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I’m worried after reading the article below. There’s no mention of the children age or their status. Imagine young children from orphanages being exposed to “better understanding of the Hari Raya celebration”. To me, it can be construed as proselytization. MCCBCHST should look in to these kind of treatment of such children from homes and ensure the innocent and vulnerable children are afforded freedom to practise their religion and not influenced by over enthusiastic preachers. I don’t think can depend on Jabatan Kebajikan as they lack the resources and reasons for this.

If its really about knowing other religions, I’ll love to see the Yayasan organise similar programs to allow children of all religion to attend events like Chap Goh Mei, Thaipusam, Good Friday, Wesak Day, Vaisakhi, Navarathiri Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival and so on. There’s plenty that kids nowadays are not aware of other religions/communities festivals and they tend to mock other people’s festivals.

The Yayasan Harapan Kanak-Kanak Malaysia (YHKM) is set to provide a unique experience for non-Muslim children to fast and celebrate Hari Raya under the Ramadan and Raya 1Malaysia programme.

The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said that the pilot programme, involving approximately 50 non-Muslim children, is to create a better understanding of the Hari Raya celebration among Muslims.

Rosmah, who is also a patron for YKHM, said the children would join their host families on the last day of Ramadan and celebrate Hari Raya for two days.

“I hope such programmes will produce young Malaysians who are tolerant and respectful of each other,” she said in her speech delivered by YHKM advisory board member Datuk Atikah Adom yesterday.

The Majlis Iftar Prihatin, attended by 150 orphans, was funded by Concorde Hotel Network chairman, Tan Sri Syed Mohd Yusof Syed Nasir and organised by the Persatuan Amal Bakti Ramadan Malaysia and 10 other charitable organisations.

 

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/8/15/nation/9301838&sec=nation

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