Royals in rare bid for tolerance

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s royals made a rare intervention into public affairs on Tuesday, calling for unity and religious harmony after “excessive actions” in the name of Islam. Members of minorities have expressed recent concern about what they see as intolerance in Malaysia, which is 60 percent Muslim with  Buddhist, Christian and Hindu communities. In a statement reported by Bernama, the nine sultans who serve as hereditary titular heads of  Malaysian states said people must respect the constitutional principle Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country. “It is feared that the excessive actions of certain individuals of late can undermine the harmonious relations among the people of various races and religions,” it said, according to Bernama. “The Rulers feel that the issue of harmony has deep implication if any action is associated with and undertaken in the name of Islam.”

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