Lanterns for peace campaign

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese community has been urged to “light up” the sky this Chinese New Year with Kong Ming lanterns (hot air lanterns) as a symbolic gesture to support anti-war efforts and to pray for world peace. 

SYMBOLS OF HARMONY: Ong unveiling a pair of couplets on the nation's stability and racial harmony at Mid Valley Megamall on Friday.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat said the movement would gather as many Chinese-based associations and guilds and youth organisations as possible to participate in the anti-war campaign. 

“It has been a tradition to pray for a peaceful, harmonious and plentiful year during Chinese New Year. Let us adopt a more macro perspective this year in view of the global uncertainties and war threats by praying for world peace. 

“We hope to mobilise the community through association and guild memberships to release lanterns bearing phrases on peace and harmony to express our aspiration for a better world,” Ong said after opening the Chinese New Year Extravaganza at Mid Valley Megamall here on Friday.  

In addition, he noted that over 200 NGOs – under the Peace Malaysia alliance – had already started a campaign to support peace by collecting a million signatures and hoped the community would respond to the call.  

Ong said the MCA Youth exco meeting on Thursday had also decided to start an anti-drugs drive through a nationwide road show in line with the Government’s “Year of Total War Against Drugs.” 

“We want to adopt a more lively approach by incorporating performances and interactive sessions in the drive. 

“Real-life experiences of former addicts will be adapted into stage dramas to help deliver the message in a more engaging manner so that the public, especially the youth, will not feel that the topic is dry,” he said.  

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