Bud­dhist so­ci­ety tem­ple to be Miri’s new tourist draw

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Septem­ber 17, 2017 By Cindy Lai re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

MIRI: Miri Bud­dhist Med­i­ta­tion So­ci­ety is set to build a RM30 mil­lion tem­ple on top of Canada Hill, which could be­come the city’s next tourist at­trac­tion.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who of­fi­ci­ated at the start of con­struc­tion yes­ter­day, said the tem­ple would sym­bol­ise the peace and har­mony here and in Sarawak.

“With its lo­ca­tion on top of Canada Hill, fac­ing the sea and most of Miri City, it is lo­cated right next to a church, which goes to show that Sarawak gov­ern­ment en­cour­ages peace and har­mo­nious liv­ing among its peo­ple,” Lee said.

“Such peace is not eas­ily found in other places, such as Penin­sula Malaysia. And for that we are proud to have an un­der­stand­ing state gov­ern­ment as well as the peo­ple who em­brace it.”

Lee also re­minded the so­ci­ety to pro­tect the site of the tem­ple by tak­ing mea­sures to pre­serve Canada Hill’s nat­u­ral her­itage.

“Moderni­sa­tion is part of hu­man civil­i­sa­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant to pre­serve na­ture’s beauty, show­ing the world that moderni­sa­tion and na­ture can co-ex­ist with­out hurt­ing each other,” he added.

The Miri Bud­dhist Med­i­ta­tion So­ci­ety is rais­ing funds for the con­struc­tion of the tem­ple.

Lee puts ce­ment on a brick for a tem­ple wall. Miri Bud­dhist Med­i­ta­tion So­ci­ety chair­man Chai Soon Teng Chai is at front third left.

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