KUALA LUMPUR: An all-night chanting and prayer session was held by seven Buddhist organisations from last night to invoke blessings and peace for the nation in conjunction with National Day celebrations.
More than 150 people attended the session called the National Day Chanting and Blessing Service at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields here.
Deputy MCA president Datuk Chan Kong Choy and the temples resident monk Ven K. Dhammaratana Thera were also present at the proceedings.
Malaysian Buddhist Co-ordination Committee representative Sarathwickrama Surendre said it was the third time such a session was organised on the weekend before National Day.
The session aims to invoke blessings for continued peace, stability and harmony for the country, he said in the simple opening ceremony.
Chan said Malaysians should all pray for peace and stability in the country.
Without peace and stability, there can be no progress and development.
He said Malaysia's achievements were the result of a strong foundation laid down by the nations forefathers during the days of struggling for independence.
It is the duty of each and every citizen to uphold the Federal Constitution, as enunciated also in the Rukunegara so that the foundation of our nation will always remain strong.
Later, Chan and representatives of Buddhist organisations conducted a flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion.
The organisations included Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia, the Tzu Chi Buddhist Merit Society of Malaysia, the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia and the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia.
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