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Journey of Peace to Taiping

Tuesday September 23, 2008

IN CONJUNCTION with the International Day of Peace, more than 15 cars headed to Taiping to promote peace.

Held for the third year, the two-day event was jointly organised by various organisations such as Service Civil International, Malaysian Indian Youth Council and Malaysia for World Peace.

Organising committee member Stephen Nah said that Taiping was chosen as the name means ‘peace’ in Mandarin.

Apart from the cars, 50 NGOs joined the jouney along the way.
Promoting peace: Roslan flagging off the peace convoy.

According to Nah, there were various activities organised for the event in Taiping including buka puasa, video presentation about peace, peace declaration, peace essay competition, art competition, Rakan Cop launch, Peace Exhibition, Planting of the Petaling Tree, and ‘1 Minute of Silence’.

At the launch of the event at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) headquarters, PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said that peace-building would be MBPJ’s main priority owing to the multi-racial background of the Petaling Jaya community.

“I urge everyone to put all their differences aside and build better rapport, and develop greater tolerance with each other,” he said.

He added that under the MBPJ Local Agenda 21 programme, workshops and speeches regarding the ‘alternative disputes resolution’ had been organised for community leaders to learn various techniques and approaches to solve community conflicts.

Prior to flagging off the convoy, representatives from various faiths (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikh, and Taoism) recited prayers for a safe journey.

Roslan presented two Petaling trees to chief delegate Sanggat Singh for it to be planted at the ‘peace pole’ in Taiping.

Chief High Priest of Malaysia Venerable K. Sri Dhammaratana Maha Nayaka Thera hoped that more organisations and people would organise such activities to foster good relationships.

“This is a unique event to promote peace and harmony among Malaysians. Being a multiracial country, we should find ways to be united,” he said.


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