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MCCBCHST – ENGAGE WITH UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSION, HONESTY AND RESPECT

Press Release – 12 July 2011

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) calls upon all concerned Malaysian citizens to hold Thanksgiving Prayers in their respective places of worship for the relatively orderly “rally” held last Saturday. They may have broken the unjust and uncalled for ban but they did so in a peaceful manner to exercise their right of assembly as enshrined in our Constitution, the inviolate supreme law of our nation.

MCCBCHST is confident that the untoward events of 9th July 2011 could have been prevented if the authorities had dealt with the issues raised by Bersih from the outset at the negotiation table with Understanding, Compassion, Honesty and Respect as required in all our great religious teachings.

MCCBCHST re-iterates its strong support for every Malaysian’s right to peaceful assembly as enshrined in our Federal Constitution under Article 10 (1) (b) and in Article 20 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and remind the authorities that freedom of opinion and expression too is provided for under Article 19 of the UDHR.

The most important lesson to be learnt from the 9th July 2011 event is that the authorities must transform their mindset and recognise that Malaysians today are much more learned, informed, matured and sophisticated beings than they are made out to be.

MCCBCHST fully endorses the statement by Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Malaysia (Proham):

“The core matter of the Bersih rally must be addressed namely to address the concerns in the election system and the call for a free and fair election. Proham calls for the government to establish an independent mechanism to review these concerns either through a Royal Commission or a Parliamentary Select Committee……”.

MCCBCHST supports the call for the Federal Government to immediately sit with all concerned parties to find an appropriate, just and equitable solution. We reiterate that all dialogue must be based on the principles of Understanding, Compassion, Honesty and Respect as required in all our great religious teachings.

Reverend Dr. Thomas Philips – President
Daozhang Tan Bon Sin – Deputy President
Sardar V. Harcharan Singh – Vice President
Venerable Ming Ji – Vice President
Mr. RS. Mohan Shan – Vice President
Mr. Prematilaka KD Serisena – Honorary Secretary General

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July 12, 2011 Posted by | Public Statements | Leave a comment

MCCBCHST- OUR HEARTFELT AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES

Sunday 10 July 2011

The President and Executive Committee of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Puan Rosni Malan and her family on the demise of her beloved husband and father of her children the late En Baharuddin bin Ahmad on 9 July 2011.

We grieve with the immediate family and relatives of the deceased at this sudden and unexpected loss. We pray that the family will find strength and guidance to cope with their loss during this difficult period of bereavement.

Reverend Dr Thomas Philips
President
MCCBCHST

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Public Statements | Leave a comment

MCCBCHST CALLS UPON ALL MALAYSIANS TO PRAY FOR PEACE, UNITY AND HARMONY

Media Statement 7 July 2011

Over the last few weeks we have been inundated with events pertaining to the proposed Bersih 2.0 Rally to be held on 9 July 2011. Not one day has passed without some reference to the Bersih Rally by both those for and against it. This has created unwelcome tension in the country.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) calls upon all parties to heed the advice of our DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agung.

We as Religious Leaders in this multi religious nation of ours Malaysia, call upon people of all faiths to hold special prayers beginning 8 July in our respective places of worship for peace, unity and harmony to prevail in our beloved country once again.

Reverend Dr. Thomas Philips – President
Daozhang Tan Bon Sin – Deputy President
Sardar V. Harcharan Singh – Vice President
Venerable Ming Ji – Vice President
Mr. RS. Mohan Shan – Vice President
Mr. Prematilaka KD Serisena – Honorary Secretary General

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Public Statements | Leave a comment