Peace and Disarmament
Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Peace Exhibition and Forum
From November 30 to December 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) displayed the "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" exhibition at the Multimedia University (MMU) campus in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
The exhibition was jointly organized by the MMU Chinese Language Society and SGM, with the aim of increasing awareness among the public about the diabolical nature of nuclear weapons. Ms. Yim Lin Heng, director and senior manager of the Student Affairs Division of MMU attended the exhibition opening along with SGM representatives, council member Madam Janice Chay Mei Ling and Katherine Chui, SGM head of public relations.
In her speech, Ms. Yim encouraged university students to acquire a greater understanding of global issues, to deepen their sense of responsibility and take action toward bettering the world. Ms. Yim urged students to lead lives of peace, emphasizing the important role they each play in the world, stating, "What you think and do will impact the world."
On December 2, the MMU Students' Representative Council of the Melaka campus organized a peace forum. Speakers included MMU president Dr. Zaharin bin Yusoff and Dr. Christopher Boey from University of Malaya. The forum was chaired by Associate Professor Lee Kok Kheng.
Dr. Zaharin spoke about the role of higher education in promoting a culture of peace and the need for developing more understanding among peoples of different races, cultures and gender. He stated that it is not possible to achieve lasting peace without education. "There is a need through education to convey an empathetic understanding of the suffering of others to help us see that violence is never a means to any ends—that war is unacceptable for any reason whatsoever for no one has the right to take another's life . . . Education teaches us that all humans are made equal and should be afforded basic rights."
The forum concluded with a question and answer session. Around 200 people attended the event.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]