Wesak Day an Opportunity to Celebrate Multi-Religious Identity

May 22, 2005

Source: The New Straits Times


On May 22, 2005 The New Straits Times reported, "Thousands of Buddhists went to temples throughout the country today to celebrate Wesak Day. Addressing devotees at the Kwan Inn Teng Vihara in Petaling Jaya this morning, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said it was important for Malaysians to hold to their own beliefs and yet be accommodating to others by showing that 'we care.' 'It is through moderation in our belief and the generosity of our actions that we will be able to achieve sustainable harmony for the country,' he said. 'Our multi-cultural and multi-religious society is to be protected because it is through the diversity of our community that we can achieve richness in knowledge and understanding of the world.' Ong said Malaysians should place the country and society above themselves as this was vital for people to live in harmony. Ong, who is MCA president, later presented donations from the Kwan Inn Teng Vihara Foundation to charitable organisations and students. Ong said the donations were in line with this year’s Wesak Day theme of 'Do Good for Harmonious Co-existence.'"