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The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) urges the Malaysian Buddhist community to support the “DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION, REJECTING HUDUD LAW OUR DECLARATION” campaign initiated by the Federation of Hokkien Associations Malaysia. YBAM has also sent the correspondence to its member organisations in order to aid in collecting one million signatures.
In May 2016, Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang proposed to seek Parliament’s approval to present “Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. Both PAS and BN feel that this is only the amendment of the jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts, and is not related to the Islamic Laws, and the details of the amendments are still yet to be announced to the public.
The Sariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 draws the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court and its position as a District Court. The jurisdiction is limited to the minor crimes by individuals and prevents the courts to cross their jurisdiction to the Federal Laws.
However, this law was amended in 1984, and the power of Syariah Courts was increased since then.
If the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 is amended again with immediate enforcement, then the country will be ruled based on the theocracy. This will lead to the collapse of the Secular System of the country.
1. YBAM urges the Government and its relevant Ministries and Departments to have more consultations with authentic Buddhist organisations on issues related to Buddhism in Malaysia. This will prevent public confusion about the authenticity of organisations that claim to be Buddhist. At the same time, the Government should support YBAM’s initiative to invite more authentic Buddhist speakers from overseas to propagate Buddhism in the country for the benefit of the Buddhist community.
2. YBAM strongly oppose the tabling of bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 in the Parliament, as this bill contradicts the secular nature of our constitution, and it is against the Malaysia social contract and it is not suitable for a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysian society. This move will lead to constitutional crisis and affect the national unity.
Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) received complaints from the students of Maktab Raja Melewar Seremban on the “Dialog Harmoni” organised by the college recently to promote students’ understanding on different religions but with an apparent attempt to convert the students instead. The students informed that they were compelled to attend the talk. However, this talk failed to provide fair view on other religions but degraded the teachings and portrayed the supremacy of a particular religion.
The launch of the Calligraphy and Drawing Charity Exhibition had been successfully held on 29 June 2016 at 7.30pm, at Shaw Parade, Kuala Lumpur. Ven. Chi Chern and Malaysian Chinese author & artist Duo La attended the event to share their experiences of “Calligraphy, Drawing and Life” with the attendees.
Geshe Dorji Damdul Dharma Talk Series ended successfully. Geshe Dorji Damdul is the official translator of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. Attendees were given opportunity to expose to four topics included “Understanding & Practice of Heart Sutra from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition"", “Relevance of the Nalanda Tradition in Modern Society”, “The Secret of Success” and “ The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism and Its General Misconceptions”. Attendees felt vitality, wisdom, warmth and integrity from the talk.
Organised by Kelantan SLC, hosted by Kelantan Buddhist Association Youth Section, Children Dharma Class Teachers Training course was held successfully. 51 people participated in this training course. Sister Lew Yin Yee provides a handy interactive class for learning and teaching. The participated felt very satisfied and gained new experiences from this course. There is a special session in this training course that the participants will need to practice their concentration to make sure the bowl on head will not fall down. Sister Lew also encouraged teachers can nurture good habits in children since they are young.
A veteran of YBAM posted a photo showed a gathering of some veterans in one of my social communication groups. A few young council members were asking on who are those people in the photo. “Dear President, do you know them?” I was asked by one of the veterans. “Of course I know them all!” I then listed the name of everyone in the photo, together with how I came to know them.
I said, “Looking at you all as the veterans in YBAM, it brings me back to the days when I was young and ignorant, I am glad to have you who educated and nurtured me to who I am today. In the younger age, we were carefree and simple, if there were any “major issues”, we knew that you all will sure be at the frontline to protect ourselves.” The Secretary General also added, “Now is the time for us to be at the frontline, to nurture the younger generations, and to face the challenges!”
This is the spirit of YBAM – seeing the leaving of one generation, and welcoming the arrival of another generation, to continue the vision and mission of YBAM. The passing down of the baton of responsibility is for the Buddhism, for the benefits of people, and for bringing everyone to a better life.
The organisation is 46 years old; notwithstanding this glamorous organisational age, if each generation is not able to continue the vision and mission of YBAM, and not able to serve the need of the people of the era, the organisation is then merely like a new-born, two-year-old organisation.
Today, the light of wisdom and responsibility has been passed to us, and we have the ultimate duty to continue the journey, to nurture the future generation, just like how we were taken care by the fellow veterans.
Has the 46-year-old YBAM grown up? Let’s ask ourselves the question, and perhaps you will find the answer within.
May YBAM continue to stay strong in this journey of thousand miles, and may you be well and happy.
|1||President||Sek Chin Yong|
|2||Deputy President||Sin Yew Sen|
|3||Vice President||Ven. Zong Ping|
|4||Vice President||Lee Li Foon|
|5||Vice President||Mok Chuang Yong|
|6||Vice President||Tan King Leong|
|7||Vice President||Thai Ming Yeow|
|8||Vice President||Ting Yik Hwa|
|9||Secretary General||Gan Chee Wei|
|10||Treasurer||Lee Li Chen|
|11||Deputy Secretary General||Ng Hui Chen|
|12||Council Member||Chiah Boon Hoon|
|13||Council Member||Chok Men Fei|
|14||Council Member||Chong Zhao Jun|
|15||Council Member||Khong Fong Jia|
|16||Council Member||Lim Siew Foong|
|17||Council Member||Loh Yit Phing|
|18||Council Member||Teong Shiau Hui|
|19||Council Member||Yeoh Chou Pai|
Two thousand and six hundred years ago, the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha understood the law of “arising from conditioned causation”. Through this he knew that everything that happened in this world had a reason behind. As long as we know how to walk the right path with this knowledge, it will lessen a lot of sufferings, and be on the path of happiness. That is also how Buddhists view “impermanence”, every year is different, but every year could be better. It is because of “impermanence” that we can have hope, a hope for a better future.
In the last year, the global economy had took a great dive, country and society are in turmoil, and disasters happened frequently. These had caused the people to suffer pain. In truth, “sufferings” are everywhere, not only there are sufferings due to societal problems, we also need to face personal sufferings, including our career, health, studies, relationship etc. Our heart is similar to a mini-universe, it is forever changing, and we often feel helpless, not knowing what to do. When something good happened, we will feel happy; when things don’t go as we wish, there will be negative thoughts and feelings. We become the slave to our emotions, and without wisdom and power, we would not be able to learn the true reasons behind our emotions.
Learning from the Buddha helps to improve our wisdom and power, in facing the ever-changing world. We can make the right choice without being affected by external factors. There is always a reason behind the happening of many things. As long as you know the root causes, you will be able to face it calmly. Rather than choosing to run away, it is better to build up the correct attitude, so you can maintain an optimistic point of view no matter you are in which situation.
The Chinese saying “Farming in sunny day and reading in rainy day”, means we should do what we are supposed to do. In daily life we are our parents’ children, employees to our bosses, citizens of our nation, students of the Buddha, and we should perform our best in every position, learn everything we could in every opportunity, and do what must be done. We can work hard during sunny days, creating more chances to gain success; and when it is a rainy day, we can self-practice and read more for self improvement. When our life is going smoothly, we will try to create more opportunity; when our life hits a rock, we can make lemonade out of lemon to refresh ourselves.
A good or bad attitude will decide one’s life, so a successful life must start from a correct attitude. Buddhism emphasizes on d the importance of “Right View”. Buddhist lay persons must cultivate the “Right View” in their path of learning the Dharma. The Right View is just like our eyes, only with the guide of our eyes we can walk faster, and we would not wander to the wrong path. The
May all beings be well and happy on this auspicious day of Wesak!