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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.

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) welcome and appreciate the 25 prominent Malay leaders, who publicly supported a debate regarding all suggestions related to Syariah law. As a Muslim, this needs a lot of courage and responsibility. Malaysia is a country that rules with The Doctrine of Mean, all government’s policy must take the welfare of all the people into consideration, including the feelings of all races. The speech of political leaders must also present the perception and attitude of a National Leader, and they must abandon narrow-minded thinking and extreme behaviour.

We, members of the Buddhist community in Malaysia, learned with great grief and shock over the latest wave of violence led by a Sinhala Buddhist organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, Buddhist Power Force) against the Muslim community of the south-west of Sri Lanka in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala, Velipenna and Dharga.

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) warns the public to be cautious when donating to Puzhao Buddhist Vihara in order to prevent fraud.

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) strongly disagrees with the government’s proposal to reduce the age limit of youth organisations to below 30 years old. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin, mentioned recently that starting year 2018 the upper age limit of “Youth” will be redefined from 40 to 30 years old.

This move will directly affect all youth organisations registered under “Youth Societies and Youth Development Act 2007”, since most of their members and leaders are below 40 years old.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports had respectively, in November 2011, January 2012, May 2012 and March 2014 announced its intention to lower the age limit to 25 or 30 years old. YBAM had responded through several press releases and forwarded the feedback to the Ministry, hoping that the Ministry would first hold dialogue and discussion with youth organisations in order to understand their existing operations. But the Ministry did not respond to our appeal.

The Ministry had at different points of time given the reasons behind its attempt to lower the age limit. In November 2011, the Ministry hoped that such a change in age limit would have greater significance in the population census as well as other surveys. In January 2012, it mentioned that this was in line with the standard of developed nations. In May 2012, the reason given was to accelerate the maturing of our youths and be able to play a more active role internationally. In March 2014, during the Question and Answer Session in Parliament YB Khairy said that redefining the age limit of youth will meet the needs of youth groups more effectively.

YBAM is of the opinion that lowering the age limit for youth is not compatible with the problems and issues confronting the youth organisations. This clearly shows that the Ministry is not listening to feedback and responses from the ground, but is adamant to pass this legislation instead. Back in 2007, before implementing the Youth Societies Act, the Ministry spent 4 years holding dialogues and discussion with various youth organisations to come up with policies that meet the needs of the youth organisations.

Before 30 years old, many youths are just starting to explore and experience various events in life. Their life and work may not have stabilised yet. Hence, it would be difficult for them to balance the demands of life, actively participate in youth organisations, or become a leader of such an organisation.

On the contrary, the Government should allow more freedom for student organisations in institutes of higher learning, and encourage the undergraduates to actively interact with youth organisations in the communities so that they can be connected to society. However, with the constraints imposed by the Universities and Colleges Act, we have yet to see the determination of the Government in granting more freedom to undergraduates. Therefore, YBAM hopes that the Government will repeal the Universities and Colleges Act to enable undergraduates to interact with society earlier.

YBAM hopes that the Ministry would call for dialogues with youth organisations, including the Malaysian Youth Council (Majlis Belia Malaysia), to get to know better the prevailing situation of the youth organisations rather to adopt it hastily in the cabinet and expect the youth organisations to comply with it.

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) asserts that the statement by the Inspector-General of Police,Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s has interfered with the judicial process, and once again has caused people to lose faith in the fairness and justice of Police.Recently, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that police will not enforce orders given by the Civil Court which relates to interfaith custody cases. This is similar to another statement given by him earlier regarding the custody case involving the lady S. Deepa, when her former husband abducted her child in spite of the custody order issued by the Civil Court.

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Buddhist Consultative Council, Pertubuhan Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia, Malaysia Graduates Youth Association, Malaysia Christian Youth Association, Persatuan Belia Xiang Lian Malaysia, Young Malaysians Movement, The Kuala Lumpur And Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section, Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, Vajrayana Buddhist Council Malaysia, Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia, Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Fo Guang Malaysia, strongly opposes the proposal for PAS to table a Private Member’s Bill for the implementation of Hudud laws; we ask that PAS respect and accept that this is a multiracial country and take the initiative to call-off the move.

With respect tothe attempt by PAS to implement Hudud laws,the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) has issued a press statementto express our great disappointment. While professing Islamas the official religion in our country, the Federal Constitution upholds thereligious freedom of every other race in the country. Thus, the implementationof religious teachings politically and forcefully obviously contravenes Article11 of the Federal Constitution which safeguards the freedom of religion.

We urge the government to amend and correct article 121(1A) of the Constitution, to ensure that cases where a party is a non-Muslim will be heard by the Civil Court.

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