KUALA LUMPUR: A special prayer for peace will be held by the various religious communities in the country next month for a spiritual solution to the tension affecting the world.
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS) hoped all Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Taoists will pray for world peace.
Its vice-president, Harcharan Singh, hoped that the prayers would result in a peaceful solution to the present impasse between the United States and its allies and Iraq.
Council president Ven Seck Chek Huang of the Malaysian Buddhist Association, A. Vaithilingam of Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Wong Kim Kong of Christian Federation of Malaysia and B.S. Tan of the Federation of Taoist Temples in Malaysia were also present.
Harcharan Singh said a war would bring destruction to human lives and property and have a catastrophic impact on the environment and well being of the global community.
He said the council also endorsed the efforts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stabilise the tension as any action taken would have a disruptive effective all over the world.
He added that they also hoped to collect about 300,000 signatures urging for world peace to be handed to Dr Mahathir at a peace rally at Dataran Merdeka on Feb 23,