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Inspired by Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) celebrated September as its Month of Peace by holding events to raise awareness toward peace with the Run for Peace as the key activity.
On September 6 and 8, the Run for Peace saw a total of over 57,000 people run in 14 locations in 13 states throughout Malaysia. Apart from Selangor, Penang and Johor, all other areas held the event for the first time. Exhibitions about the peace activities of SGM, SGI and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda were also on display at various locations and there was a carnival atmosphere as the participants reveled in their efforts to promote awareness of peace.
On September 15, SGM held a film appreciation night titled "Love Stories to Malaysia: Works by Yasmin Ahmad--In Celebration of Humanity and Peace" at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. The evening was a tribute to the influential Malaysian film director Yasmin Ahmad (1958-2009), whose films convey the importance of staying united, respecting differences, and sharing both joy and suffering with friends.
In conclusion of the Month of Peace, University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon gave a lecture titled "Islam: The Religion of Peace, Progress and Prosperity" on September 29 at Wisma Kebudayaan. He described the chaotic times of pre-Islamic Arabia, with its violence, disenfranchisement of women and idolatry, and how Islam helped changed that society into one that valued knowledge, human rights and peace. He also spoke about the Koran and its composition.
In conjunction with Dr. Ghauth's peace lecture, SGM and the University of Malaya as publisher jointly launched the Bahasa Malaysian translation of A Lifelong Quest for Peace: A Dialogue, based on exchanges between Mr. Ikeda and the world's only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes, the scientist Dr. Linus Pauling (1901-94).
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