JOHOR BARU: About 3,000 Johoreans from eight different religious groups came together to pray for the health and wellbeing of Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim here.
The event held at the Johor Baru Indoor Stadium saw members of the different faiths praying for the third son of Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
It is learnt that Tunku Jalil is now in China undergoing treatment for liver complications.
“It is the first time that an interfaith prayer event is being held in the state for the son of Johor’s Sultan,’’ said Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
Buddhists, Christians, Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs, Taoists, Baha’is and members of the Soka Gakkai group performed 30 minutes of prayers each.
He said the decision to organise the event was a collective effort by the religious groups and had nothing to do with any political party.
The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship representative Samuel Tan Wee Cheng said he took time off from work to attend the event as it was the best he could do for the Royal family.
“We Johoreans from different faiths are praying for the speedy recovery of the Prince and the Sultan can be assured that his subjects are with him during this difficult time,’’ he said.
Christian businessman Richard Ong left his house in Kluang at 7.30am and travelled all the way to Johor Baru to attend the prayer event and to lend support.
He said more interfaith-related programmes should be held regularly in Malaysia to promote moderation. Housewife N. Pushpaleela from the Malaysian Hindu Sangam concurred with Ong that a similar event should be organised to promote racial and religious harmony in the country.
“As a mother, I know how the Sultan feels when a child falls sick. We all hope that Tunku Jalil will get well soon,’’ she said.