2001 Wesak  Message - Call on Cabinet on Wednesday to welcome the establishment of International Buddhist University in Malaysia

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Sunday): Wesak is the day marking the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha, which according to traditional accounts all occurred on the full-moon day of May.

Ever since the fifth century B.C., the Buddha has been the Light of Asia, a spiritual teacher whose sublime personality has given birth to a whole civilization guided by lofty ethical and humanitarian ideals, to a vibrant spiritual tradition that has ennobled the lives of millions with a vision of man's highest potentials

The message of the Buddha is timeless and relevant today as it was 2500 years ago.

2001 is the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations for  all countries, governments, international organisations and  non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to promote the concept of  inter-civilizational dialogue.

DAP calls on the Cabinet on Wednesday to mark the double commemoration of the 2001 Wesak and the UN Year of Inter-Civilizational  Dialogue by announcing that Malaysia is prepared to make a distinctive contribution to foster inter-civilisational  communication and build the bridges to foster mutual understanding among the  different civilisations by being  the home to  the highest seats of learning for the different great religions to be  found in the country - that Malaysia will not only have an International Islamic  University, but also  welcomes the establishment of an International Buddhist  University, International Christian  University and International Hindu University.

In this manner, Malaysia may become the first nation in the world to have the highest seats of learning of all the great religions in one country - a distinction which is more meaningful than having the tallest, longest or biggest structure in the world.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman