PM POSTS WE­SAK DAY WISHES

Val­ues bind us to­gether as Malaysians, says Na­jib

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KUALA LUMPUR

THE We­sak Day cel­e­bra­tion is a hall­mark of the na­tion’s democ­racy, in that free­dom of re­li­gion is a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the co­he­sion of Malaysia’s creed, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

He said it had be­come one of the fo­cal points of the Malaysian way of life.

“To­mor­row, our Bud­dhist friends will be cel­e­brat­ing We­sak, a spe­cial day for Bud­dhists around the world, to hon­our the birth, en­light­en­ment and pass­ing of Bud­dha. Peace, ser­vice and recog­ni­tion of com­mon hu­man­ity are not only uni­ver­sal val­ues shared by Bud­dhist devo­tees, but they are also the same val­ues that bind us to­gether as Malaysians,” he said in a Face­book post yes­ter­day, in con­junc­tion with We­sak Day.

Na­jib noted that it was also a day on which ef­forts are made to bring hap­pi­ness to oth­ers, es­pe­cially the dis­ad­van­taged.

“That we care for the sick, feed the hun­gry and wel­come strangers no mat­ter where they come from. That we treat oth­ers as we would want to be treated.”

“We must up­hold these im­por­tant val­ues to build a stronger and bet­ter Malaysia.”

He said We­sak Day was an op­por­tu­nity to mark the con­tri­bu­tions of Bud­dhists to the na­tion’s progress, and to recom­mit to build­ing a brighter fu­ture for all.

“Happy We­sak Day!” he wrote.

We­sak Day is cel­e­brated by Bud­dhists to mark three mo­men­tous events in Gau­thama Bud­dha’s life, which are his birth, en­light­en­ment and his de­par­ture from the hu­man world. Bernama

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