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Published: Saturday May 5, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 7:12:54 PM

Leaders send their greetings

KUALA LUMPUR: The country's leaders have wished Buddhists “Happy Wesak Day” today, besides reminding Malaysians to celebrate the common values taught in all religions.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish Buddhists a happy and meaningful Wesak Day,” Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

Noting that Buddhists made up 19.8% of the Malaysian population, the Prime Minister said each religion celebrates many customs, all of which advocate good values like kindness and respect.

“Regardless of race, ethnicity or background, we are all bound by the same positive values through the religion that we follow. As long as we continue building the foundations of understanding based on these common principles, we can avoid conflict and continue to flourish as a multi religious community to benefit the needs of all.”

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tweeted, saying: “Wesak is about enlightenment. May Malaysians enjoy and appreciate the significance as our Buddhist friends celebrate the occasion.”

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, in sending out his greetings, said: “It is a day of great significance to Malaysians of the Buddhist faith. It is also a period of sharing and giving, where we see lots of charitable activities and food being offered to the needy.”

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel also wished all Buddhists a blessed Wesak Day. He reminded everyone to put aside their differences and follow the good values taught in all religions.

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