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Recently Deputy Finance Minister Dato’ Donald Lim’s reply on the above matter to YBAM, we today release the below response: Deputy minister Lim did not reply our queries, including really how many Buddhist organisations benefitted from the policy ever since it was announced by the Prime Minister in September 2011?

Regarding Deputy Finance Minister Dato Donald Lim’s “I will no longer respond” remark in his press statement which accused the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) as being “misleading and confused”, we are very disappointed with such accusation as we had spent one and half years dealing with his personal assistant and half a year communication directly with the deputy minister himself only to receive a shocking press statement recently that this has nothing to do with him!

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) urges its 263 Member Organisations throughout the country, together with other Buddhist organisations to apply as the religious Tax-Exempt Entities from the Inland Revenue Board as soon as possible.

Concerning PAS Elders Council Chairman Dato’ Syed Aziz and Deputy Chairman Dato’Harundin in separate occasions repeatedly emphasized that PAS insists on using Islamic teachings as the base in ruling the country, and also emphasize PAS will implement Hudud laws if PR were to rule the government. Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) and Malaysia Christian Youth Association (YMCA) JOINTLY express great regrets and lost hope.

2013 marks the year of election for us in Malaysia. After achieving independence for 57 years, we are now witnessing the most intense election campaign, with an unseen level of civic awareness, in our country. The coming 13th General Election may prove to be the nation’s political watershed. The Young Buddhist Association Malaysia (YBAM) calls on all Malaysian Buddhists to step forward to fulfil their duties as citizens to vote in a most earnest and responsible manner, to elect a government that will bring progress and harmony, and one that would serve all citizens equally, irrespective of race and faith.

In view of the issue where recently 72 Hindu organisations urged the government to amend constitution-The rule that Syariah court cannot handle non-Islamic affairs, a joint press release is issued from the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM), Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Malaysian Chapter, Malaysia Christian Youth Association (MCYA), The Federation of Clans and Guilds Youth Association of Malaysia, Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia and Persatuan Graduan Muda Malaysia, to support such urge. Malaysia Constitution ensures religious freedom of belief and worship to every citizen when Islam is the official religion thus ensures every religion can develop in a fair and free environment.

Concerning PAS Elders Council Chairman Dato’ Syed Aziz and Deputy Chairman Dato’Harundin in separate occasions repeatedly emphasized that PAS insists on using Islamic teachings as the base in ruling the country, and also emphasize PAS will implement Hudud laws if PR were to rule the country. Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) and Malaysia Christian Youth Association (MCYA) have issue a joint statement to express great disappointment.

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