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Wesak Day Message by Lim Guan Eng in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 19th May 2008: 

Religious goodwill is key to a united and fair nation that shares in our people’s blessings and troubles  

DAP wishes all Buddhists a Happy Wesak Day to commemorate Lord Buddha's message of peace, love and understanding. On this auspicious day, we should not forget the poor and unfortunate both in and outside Malaysia.

DAP extends our sincere prayers for the victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and earthquake in Sichuan in China.

In our quest for religious harmony in Malaysia, we hope mutual respect will be on everyone's heart. Lord Buddha talked of the need to control our emotions and desires so that we can have a balanced approach to life to achieve peace of heart.

We must avoid the temptation of getting emotional over issues that could be resolved amicably. We should sit down and hold dialogues instead of hurling accusations and abuses. The new Malaysia, after the people's verdict and political tsunami on March 8, will be an even better nation of caring and loving people if we can live and work together as a family.

Religious goodwill is the key to a united and fair nation that shares in our people’s blessings and troubles. For this reason we must continue to have civilisational dialogues to promote goodwill amongst religions to enhance religious tolerance, understanding and respect among people of different races and religions. Promoting religious goodwill will lead to a fair and non-discriminatory society based on tolerance and mutual respect.

Penang is a CAT government centered on Competency, Accountability and Transparency. We believe that a CAT government can ensure fairness to all regardless of race, religion, gender and political beliefs as well as allow us to “choose the best so that we can be on top of the rest!”

* Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General & MP for Bagan & ADUN for Air Puteh


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