A boost for unity: Guan Eng flagging off the run organised by the Penang Soka Gakkai Association.
PENANG Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has called on the people here to uphold peace and unity among the diverse communities.
“The state is widely respected for its peaceful settings despite the presence of various communities.
“We can co-exist together and impart our experience about peace to others,” Lim said during the biennial ‘Run For Peace’ programme organised by the Penang Soka
Gakkai Association at the Han
Chiang Private College in Penang recently.
Lim said Penangites generally advocated peace wherever they were.
Some 55,000 people who proclaimed themselves as peace-lovers took part in the run which was billed as the largest in the country as it was held in 14 locations simultaneously.
Despite a downpour, some 5,000 participants turned up at the college for the run.
The event organising committee chairman Lim Chin Soon said the run illustrated a firm commitment from Soko Gakkai organisation to promote peace in the nation.
“We must advocate peace especially in this modern age. Already, we notice a rise in serious crimes such as assassinations and road rage.
“We must advocate to people that they need not resort to violence. We can resolve our differences through dialogues.”
Later there were lucky draws, a wushu performance and a book donation ceremony.
Soko Gakkai also handed over books on the peace topic to Han Chiang College.