SHAH ALAM – The practice of extremism can disrupt the peace and harmony of the people in the state and thus should be avoided and eliminated, said Selangor Menteri Besar.

Amirudin Shari said that such irresponsible practices could lead to an uncertain atmosphere among the people.

He said the state of peace and security that currently exists in Selangor should be respected and shared responsibly to ensure that it continues for generations to come.

“In the second book ‘Abbidhamma Pitaka’ the Book of ‘Vibhanga’ in 293, we are told that in order to obtain good deeds, there must be an  ‘absence of hatred’, and for that we must remove the nature of hate and maliciousness.

“Therefore, it is important for the people of Selangor to appreciate these kind of messages to ensure hatred does not shake us and ensure anger does not burn us and ensure that evil does not control us,” he said.

He said this in his keynote address in conjunction with the Selangor State Level Day Celebration of 2019, at the Shah Alam City Council Auditorium (MBSA), on 26 May.

Also present were EXCO of Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation and Consumer Affairs, Hee Loy Sian; EXCO  of Empowerment, Socio Economic Development and Concerned Government, V Ganabatirau and Selangor Chairman of the Buddhist Development Committee, Loka Ng Sai Kai.

At the same time, Amirudin expressed his pride in the success of the state government in having the state-level Wesak Day celebration continuously since 2011 to celebrate and respect the Buddhist community.

He said the Buddha’s teachings were important to the characteristics of simplicity and harmony in the life of a human being.

“I think these features that are also present in the teachings of the major religions of the world need to be approached and practiced for the sake of universal peace and prosperity,” he said.

“Buddhism cares about the nature of security and rejects any violence and extreme behavior that can harm the public as well as threaten the security of the country.”