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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.

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.

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!

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?

(PJ Mar 2 News) YBAM URGE GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT FAST THE POLICY OF TAX-EXEMPTION ON RELIGIOUS. Since the announcement by PM on ‘Religious donation will be tax-exempted’ news in 2012 Budget session in the month of September 2011, YBAM welcomed the released announcement. Since then, Finance Ministry and IRB each separately in different time met up with various religious units to discuss and announce the implementation plans. Till now in the month of March 2013, one and a half years have gone by, how many religious organisations or person really benefit from this?

Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism & Sikhism (MCCBCHTS) released a proclamation on 5 February 2013, highlighting through the clauses in the Federal Constitution, proving that the ban of using the word “Allah”, as proposed by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS), is against the constitution, and urges the organisations to continue using the word “Allah”. The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) supports the proclamation made by MCCBCHTS.

Regardless of our religious affiliations and beliefs, all Malaysians will look at these acts of arson on the churches with revulsion and regret. As a nation built on the strengths of multiple cultures we need to re-affirm our trust, friendship and appreciation of each other.

Regardless of our religious affiliations and beliefs, all Malaysians will look at these acts of arson on the churches with revulsion and regret. As a nation built on the strengths of multiple cultures we need to re-affirm our trust, friendship and appreciation of each other.

(Putrajaya) The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) presented the Memorandum of the proposals on Religious Education to “The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 Preliminary Report” to the Minister of Education today. YBAM urges the minister to seriously conisider the need of religious education to among non-Muslim students and to offer the non-Islamic classes and establish religious societies in schools.

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) hereby extend our strongest and firmest objection against the destruction of a significant and magnificent Buddhist archaeological site in Mes Aynak, Logar Province, Afghanistan by China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC), which reported by local media recently.

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