Amidst the shrill rhetoric over divisive issues at the national level, a surprise guest quietly dropped by at the home of Pas national unity bureau chairman Mujahid Yusof Rawa in Parit Buntar over the Raya weekend.

Bishop Sebastian visits Mujahid Yusof Rawa

Bishop Sebastian and Fr Francis Anthony visit Mujahid at his home in Parit Buntar – Photograph: Mujahid’s Facebook

Mujahid wrote the following on his Facebook:

Ziarah Uskop Katolik Wilayah Utara, Sebastian Francis di rumah saya di Parit Buntar sempena Raya. Uskop yg mendokong usaha LPN (Lajnah Perpaduan Nasional) mencapai keamanan dlm hubungan antara agama. Mengiringi Uskop ialah wakil gereja Katolik Parit Buntar. TQ moga hubungan antara agama tercapai dgn keamanan dan kemanusiaan.

The Raya invitation to visit Mujahid in Parit Buntar was extended to Bishop Sebastian by ‘bridge builder’ Abdul Rahman Kasim (below), the Tasik Gelugor Pas information chief who works closely with Mujahid on interfaith dialogue initiatives including those with Christians.

Abdul Rahman Kasim

Abdul Rahman Kasim

Let’s hope more and more Malaysians build bridges rather than walls.