JOHOR BARU: Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has urged non-Muslim religious leaders to help keep the people united and create a stronger and better Bangsa Johor.
The responsibility of a religious leader is to unite the people and ensure that they have mutual respect for one another although they are from different religious backgrounds, he said after granting an audience to 16 non-Muslim religious leaders at Istana Bukit Serene yesterday.
"Islam teaches us not to look down on other faiths but to respect them. You (religious leaders) each have your own territory, and I want to see that there is respect among one another. I do not want to see disunity created by religion," Sultan Ibrahim said.
He had earlier welcomed the group, led by state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism executive council chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong at the main hall of the palace.
The group included representatives from the Johor Baru Fo Guang Buddhist Association, the Johor Hindu Sangam, the Gurdwara Sahib Johor Baru, the Malaysia Taoist Association Johor branch and the Malacca-Johor Catholic Diocese.
Sultan Ibrahim assured the leaders that he would always be there for them if they needed help regarding religious affairs.
"If you face any problems, come and meet me. I'm here for you," he added.
After a luncheon, Sultan Ibrahim took his guests on a tour of his study and library. He also joined them for a group photo session.
Tee, who organised the meeting, said the event showed that Sultan Ibrahim was walking the talk by setting an example for others to follow.
"Sultan Ibrahim even thanked them for praying for his late son Tunku Abdul Jalil, who passed away recently.
"We should heed the Sultan's call for a harmonious and inclusive society, where there is unity among the people regardless of their race and religious faiths," he added.