Nalanda Buddhist Society would like to thank His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah of Kedah who is stepping down as the 14th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong today after a successful five-year reign. His Majesty was elected Malaysia’s Supreme Ruler for the second time on 13 December 2011. He was the country’s 5th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong from 1970 to 1975.
On Sunday, Bro. Tan addressed the issue of false Buddhist teachings that are prevalent in a large portion of the community. Some preachers are using Buddhist concepts such as ‘kamma’ and ‘rebirth’ to dupe gullible devotees into parting with their money and sponsoring unnecessary and ineffectual rituals. The performance of such rituals is not in accordance to the letter and spirit of Buddhism.
Back in 1963, the peoples of Malaya and the former British colonies of North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore decided to form a federation of 14 states and territories under a federal government based in Kuala Lumpur. Thus on 16 September that year, a country named ‘Malaysia’ was born of that aspiration. In August 1965, Singapore left the federation to become an independent republic. The other 13 states have continued to persevere as a nation until today.
Today, Malaysians celebrate the 59th anniversary of our nation’s independence. We are grateful for the relative peace and stability that our nation has enjoyed over the decades. We are also thankful for the invaluable services rendered by honourable civil servants and principled civic leaders to the development of Malaysia. We owe those unsung heroes a debt of gratitude in ensuring our country’s progress despite facing severe challenges in nation-building.
After two weeks of competition, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America will draw to a close later today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Malaysian team had their best ever performance at an Olympics by winning 4 silver medals and one bronze medal.
Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes our Muslim friends a joyous celebration of ‘Aidilfitri’ this first day of Syawal. May the sacrifices you have made over the past year bring you more blessings and Peace. Selamat Hari Raya!
Today marks the beginning of Ramadhan, when Muslims shall fast for a month from dawn to dusk, fulfilling their religious obligation. It is a period of spiritual reflection, wholesome behavior, and acts of gentle kindness. We rejoice in seeing that spirit. Nalandians wish our Muslim friends in Malaysia and abroad a peaceful fasting month. Salam mettā.
Every year, Malaysians joyfully celebrate the official birthday of His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong on the first Saturday of June. Our present King, His Majesty Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah, is a doyen of Malaysian royalty, being the longest reigning Head of State in the country today. Let us wish His Majesty the blessings of good health, happiness and peace, always. Dirgahayu Tuanku!
We would like to wish our Kadazan-Dusun friends in Sabah who are celebrating ‘Pesta Kaamatan’, as well as our Dayak friends in Sarawak who are marking ‘Hari Gawai’, a joyful and meaningful celebration! May you be blessed with good health, success, and happiness always.