MORE than 200 Buddhist monks and nuns gathered together with hundreds of devotees at the Penang Chinese Town Hall in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling to take part in the 25th Annual National Maha Sanghikadana 2015.
Among the programmes organised were the chanting of suttas, offering of food to the ‘Sangha’ (a monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks or nuns) and transference of merits.
Yayasan Belia Buddhist Malaysia (YBBM) chairman Datuk Ang Choo Hong said there was an urgent need to promote inter-religious harmony.
“The Low Yat Plaza theft-turned-brawl incident is an indicator for us to seriously deal with the fragility of ethnic and religious relationship in the country.
“It is time for political parties on both sides of the political divide to set aside their differences and have a roundtable conference to solve the issues confronting the country today,” he said in his speech at the event on Sunday.
Also present was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who congratulated the YBBM for holding the event for the 25th year.
“It is not easy to be able to successfully organise such an event for 25 years.”
He also called for mutual tolerance and respect among the people.
Lim then announced a RM30,000 contribution from his office allocation to the YBBM.