Rejection Of Violence And Hate Must Extend To Action To Save Malaysia From Religious Extremists And Racists Who Are Willing To Bully, Threaten Or Even Bribe To Eliminate Diversity And Moderation In Malaysia.(e/c)

2015 Wesak Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3.5.2015

As we celebrate this year’s Wesak Day celebrations, it is timely to note the theme adopted by the Malaysian Buddhist Association is “Unite People Harmoniously; Uphold Country, People and Buddhism”. The characteristic Buddhist rejection of violence and hate must extend to action to save Malaysia from religious extremists and racists who are willing to bully, threaten or even bribe to eliminate diversity and moderation in Malaysia.

Malaysians were recently shocked by the barbaric action of religious extremists, led by local Selangor UMNO leaders and the brother of the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in forcing a church to take down its cross.

What is even more shocking is that this irresponsible and uncivilized act escaped unpunished. Before that, Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali escaped unpunished for asking for the Malay Bible to be burned, which was even justified by a BN and UMNO Minister. This follows a series of provocative acts by religious extremists against non-Muslims by misusing the good name of Islam.

At the same time, there are racists from both MCA and UMNO who preach the language of hate, exclusion and even violence. UMNO Ministers have blamed Chinese for everything that is wrong with the economy even though everyone knows that their failed economic policies, mismanagement and financial scandals such as the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and most importantly, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the cause of rising prices.

On the other hand, MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie has told the Chinese in the country not to oppose the GST as the system will see the Malays paying more. This is ridiculous and irresponsible as GST affects all Malaysians regardless of race and religion.

Such reckless games by racists and religious extremists are dangerous to nation-building, stability and national unity as it creates suspicion instead of understanding, recriminations instead of respect and tension instead of harmony. For this reason, Buddhists must actively pursue action that not only promote peace and harmony but also co-operate with all parties to reinforce diversity and moderation against these religious extremists and racists.

—–Mandarin —



马来西亚人对于近日雪州巫统地方领袖以及总警长丹斯里卡立兄长等,以宗教极端主义的姿态蛮横要求教堂拿下十字架的行为感到万分吃惊,但,更离谱的是,这些 不负责任及不文明的举止,却没有受到任何对付。在此之前,土权组织的主席伊布拉欣阿里扬言焚烧马来圣经已丝毫未损,甚至还获得国阵及巫统的部长撑腰。凡此种种的挑衅,皆滥用伊斯兰的美名,来霸凌非穆斯林。