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Special Committee for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (Limas) co-chairman Hee Loy Sian (fourth from right) watering a freshly-planted memorial sapling during the state-level Wesak Day celebrations, at Taman Bodhi-Samadhi Vihara in Section U12, Shah Alam, on May 6, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Concern for Buddhist community leads state govt to form Limas, managing houses of worship — Exco

By Azian Aziz

SHAH ALAM, May 11 — The state government is concerned over the challenges faced by the Buddhist community in Selangor, especially when it comes to providing the infrastructure for houses of worship, as its followers and religious programmes increase.

State executive councillor Hee Loy Sian said the Special Committee for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (Limas) was formed to more efficiently manage and resolve issues concerning land applications and affairs of non-Muslim houses of worship.

“The state government has also allocated RM8 million as financial assistance to non-Muslim houses of worship, including temples, kuils, churches, and gurdwaras, coordinated by Limas.

“The funds go to the repair of these places, and to carry out religious activities for non-Muslim communities,” he said.

Hee, who is also Limas co-chairman, was speaking at the Wesak Day celebrations on the state level, at Taman Bodhi-Samadhi Vihara in Section U12 on Saturday (May 6).

Special Committee for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (Limas) co-chairman Hee Loy Sian (back row, fourth from right) with recipients of the donations from the state government, during the state-level Wesak Day celebrations, at Taman Bodhi-Samadhi Vihara in Section U12, Shah Alam, on May 6, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Attended by over 1,000 devotees from various Buddhist religious associations, the celebrations were marked by cultural performances, memorial tree planting, and exhibitions.

Donations were also handed over to three schools and an association during the event.

Meanwhile, the councillor suggested Selangor residents, consisting of various religious beliefs and socio-cultural backgrounds, should try to avoid religious extremism which may trigger an atmosphere of unrest.

“The culture of fostering love and respect for one another should be practised daily, so the community can move forward together,” he said.

Fellow Limas co-chairman Dato’ Teng Chang Khim delivered a speech via video recording, saying the large-scale celebration of religious events is a manifestation of the religious freedom upheld by the state government.

“Although it is something we take for granted, such favours and privileges ought to be appreciated by Selangor’s multiracial residents.

“I also advocate we avoid the stigma of hatred, and instead sow the seeds of love among the community, as per the teachings of the Buddha,” he said.

 

 

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