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Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer Event


On September 19, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak representatives participated in an interfaith prayer event with the theme "Unity in Diversity in 1 Malaysia" organized by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) at Ipoh City Hall in Ipoh, Malaysia. The event was attended by approximately 1,000 people of varying faiths. The opening ceremony was conducted by Perak State Executive Councilor Datuk Dr. Mah Hang Soon and the closing ceremony by Perak State Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir. Prayers were given first by Buddhist monks, followed by Christians, SGM members, Taoists, Hindus and Sikhs. After the prayers, various ethnic cultural dances were performed.


In his speech, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry stressed that religion should not be used as a tool for confrontation and that people should try to find similarities rather than differences among each other.

In September of 2008, SGM Selangor also participated in a similar interfaith prayer event. Through these activities, SGM hopes to develop closer understanding among people of various religions in order to foster world peace.

[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]