PETALING JAYA: As the 62nd National Day nears, religious and community leaders say the occasion is just right to bring all Malaysians together to celebrate the country’s peace and harmony.
Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said the body would work towards promoting peace and understanding.
He said local congregations would hold prayers for peace and unity on the last Sunday of the month to mark the occasion.
“We will pray for the well-being of our nation, and for the necessary reforms promised by the Pakatan Harapan government, ” he said yesterday.
Shastri said prayers would also be offered for fair and just policies, and fairness to the people of Sarawak and Sabah and indigenous communities.
He said churches would also pray for a good relationship with Malaysians of other faiths and for their peaceful co-existence.
Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) national president Datuk R.S. Mohan Shan said religious leaders should play a role in getting the people to unite in the face of adversity.“We want Malaysia to be a country where all of us can continue to live in peace and harmony, ’’ he said.
Mohan said on Merdeka Eve, temples would hold special prayers for peace and harmony.
Buddhist Maha Vihara vice-president Prematilaka Serisena said its monks would hold all-night chanting on Aug 30 and 31.
Prematilaka said the monks would pray for the nation’s leaders to have the foresight and wisdom.
He urged religious leaders to speak up on the universal values of their religions and on how all Malaysians should live together as one community.
“There are people who forbid us from wishing a person of a different faith. These are the things which are detrimental and divide the people, ” he said.
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