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Reaching out to Thai Muslims
He said the organisation recently raised funds of about RM1 million to build a new mosque in Kampung Pasir Jawa, Saiburi, Pattani as a symbol of peace, saying Islam abhorred violence.
"We are doing this to show support to Muslims in southern Thailand. We should not ignore our neighbours who are of the same religion.
"The mosque is now almost 90 percent completed. Muslims can start using it in one or two more months," he told Bernama, here.
He said that the PGPO should do something to deliver the message of peace and to dispel perception linking violence with Islam, saying what happened in the southern Thailand provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala is not necessarily related to religion.
He said it was unfortunate that Islam had been linked to violence.
Mukhriz, who is Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, said the PGPO would also assist the people in the restive provinces in terms of economic activities.
Malaysia, he said, had been a proponent of the "prosper thy neighbour" philosophy because if the neighbours were facing problems, Malaysia would also be affected.
Meanwhile, Pattani member of the Thai Parliament, Nik Mukhtar Waba said the people in the area welcomed assistance from international communities.
"The situation is not as bad as it has been made out to be. The government is in control of the situation," he said, adding that many Malaysian businessmen came to organise trade expositions in Pattani which received good response from the locals.
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