Start with schools
SYABAS to Halimah Mohd Said for her thoughtful op piece, “Your faith, my iman” (This N That, May 28), on the need to build bridges to enhance interfaith tolerance and dialogue.
It is commendable that civil society organisations such as PCORE and OFA are doing something, unlike other organisations that have steered clear of a difficult area.
Civil society impact on problems in our society would be greater if efforts were directed at the major stake players that stand in the way or divide the nation on racial and religious issues.
The most important agent in moulding attitudes and shaping minds – apart from the family – is the educational system.
For too long, our schoolchildren have been exposed to educational syllabi and materials that have provided narrow and bigoted perspectives on nation building and history.
Changing the mindset of our political leaders and policymakers so they can make the changes to the educational system necessary to foster better rounded students equipped with liberal and progressive knowledge is a major challenge.
It is a challenge that requires many more hands and minds on board. Perhaps PCORE and the OFAS can help lead the charge by providing inputs – for a start – to the Ministry of Education’s National Education Review exercise.
Dr Lim Teck Ghee