2011 DAP Wesak Day Message (en/cn)

2011 DAP Wesak Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 17.5.2011

This year’s Wesak Day’s theme as announced by the Malaysian Buddhist Association of, “Cultivate Loving Kindness, Foster Harmony” reminds us that love and blessings is not just for Buddhists but for all mankind including Muslims, Christians and Hindus.

Only if we cleanse hatred from our hearts and fill our soul with love can we find peace, balance and harmony with our lives and with each other. For this reason DAP calls on all Malaysians to stand up for peace and harmony by uniting against extremists and harmony that wants to see Malaysia burn with hatred and violence.

Malaysians are shocked and outraged at the inaction by the Home Ministry against UMNO-owned paper Utusan Malaysia, for publishing dangerous lies of a Christian conspiracy with DAP to set up a Christian state, that is clearly intended to incite hatred against Christians. The BN government has also refused to act against Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali for making Christians an object of hate by calling for a crusade(perang jihad) against Christians. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn even refused to call Ibrahim Ali an extremist for launching this crusade against Christians.

Whatever our political beliefs, the time has come to unite against such dangerous extremism and racism. DAP is willing to work with all Malaysians including non-UMNO component members in BN to oppose this crusade and demand action against Utusan Malaysia and Ibrahim Ali’s reckless opportunism and irresponsible adventurism.

Are non-Malays and non-Muslims an easy target to be blamed and kicked around based on lies just to distract attention from the real problems affecting 27 million Malaysians? Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin signalled the inevitability of price hikes when he announced yesterday that the country could no longer maintain the current subsidies which has doubled this year from RM10.32 billion to RM20.58 billion, with RM18 billion for petroleum-related sectors.

Instead of addressing the failure to remove gas subsidies benefiting Independent Power Producers(IPPs) that cost RM 19 billion annually, Perkasa is allowed to distract attention by talking of a crusade against Christians. The price hikes and difficult economic livelihood of the people are real issues that must be addressed.

Whether in Cabinet or outside Cabinet,the time has come for all Malaysians whether Muslims or non-Muslims to stand together to reject hatred unequivocally, abhor extremists and universally condemn violence. We must all pray and speak up for peace and harmony, prosperity and justice, public accountability and good governance.

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2011年5月17日在吉隆坡发表的卫塞节献词

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马来西亚佛教总会今年的卫塞节庆典主题是“培养爱心,助长和谐”,提醒我们,爱与祝福并非只限于佛教徒,它是属于全人类的,包括穆斯林、基督教和兴都教徒的。

只有当我们心中不存仇恨,让心灵充满爱,我们的生活才能和平、平衡与祥和,并与他人和睦共处。为此,民主行动党呼吁所有马来西亚人民为了和平与祥和,站出来团结在一起,反抗那些要以仇恨和暴力烧掉马来西亚的极端主义份子。

马来西亚人感到震惊和愤怒的是,巫统喉舌《马来西亚前锋报》刊登了危险谎言,指责行动党和基督教牧师密谋建基督国以制造对基督徒仇恨的情绪,而内政部却没有采取行动对付散播谎言的《马来西亚前锋报》。国阵政府也拒绝对付欲向基督徒发动圣战的土著权威组织的依布拉欣阿里,而内政部长拿督斯里希山慕丁甚至拒绝把欲发动圣战的依布拉欣阿里为极端份子。

不管我们政治理念的差异,现在已经是时候让我们大家团结起来,反抗极端主义和种族主义。民主行动党愿意与所有马来西亚人民一起努力,包括非巫统盟友的国阵成员党,以反抗圣战,并要求对付《马来西亚前锋报》和依布拉欣阿里这种鲁莽、不负责任的机会主义者。

难道为了转移2700万马来西亚人生活受到影响的注意力,就能轻易将谎言抛在非马来人和非穆斯林身上,让他们成为箭靶和被怪罪的目标?副首相丹斯里慕尤丁昨天已暗示汽油必然涨价,因为政府承担的津贴已从去年的103亿2000万令吉翻倍涨至今年的205亿8000万令吉,其中180亿令吉是石油产品相关补贴。

基于国阵政府无法取消每年津贴给独立发电厂的190亿令吉,所以他们允许土著权威组织提出欲发动圣战的言论,来转移视线。当前的物价上涨和人民经济困难,才是真正必须解决的问题。

无论在内阁或内阁外,全马来西亚人,不论是穆斯林或非穆斯林,是时候站出来,大家共同坚决抗拒仇恨,明确地憎恶极端份子以及共同谴责暴力行为。我们必须为着和平及和祥、繁荣及公正、公共问责及良政,共同来祈祷。

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