Living in a multi religious society is considered as a norm in Malaysia. Since preschool, we have been nurtured to follow certain rules and obligations that cater to the religions in our society. However, when living in a country which practices laicity, eye brows are bound to be raised amongst us. As expected, with the launching of our newest social media platform, MASAF stories, it was clear to us that our Malaysian students were yearning for answers to questions that are considered as taboo in our country. For example, what is religion? Why are there so many of them? What are the similarities? Why does it have such a big influence on Malaysia? These are the unanswered questions that linger in the minds of Malaysians everywhere.
Therefore, we for one wanted to instil the belief that SENSITIVE matters do not translate to OFFENSIVE matters if discussed in a controlled environment with people who are well-versed in the in the topic. Equipped with these ideals and with the aim to promote better understanding of the various religions among our Malaysian students and further appreciate the diversity of the Malaysian community, the E&L bureau launched the very first INTERFAITH month on the 19th of March 2018 which concludes with an INTERFAITH forum. The idea of this forum is basically to have an exchange of opinions between our students and religious experts.
Apart from that, it is also a chance for our students to learn how the religious societies in France function. The event initially planned for the 14th of April 2018 in Lyon was postponed to the month of May till further notice due to the unexpected SNCF Rally. During this month, several online activities such as essay writing competitions, crossword puzzles and photography competitions with attractive prizes were launched. In a nutshell, we estimated 50 students participate in the event with the hopes to further develop it in the coming years.