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YBAM condemns the unruly acts of protestors for being so insensitive and disrespectful towards a place of worship and a senior religious teacher

Thursday, 08 September 2016 17:13
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The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) views with serious concern the recent attempted assault of Venerable Sri Saranankara, the Abbot of Sentul Sri Lanka Buddhist temple, by some unruly protestors.

According to news report, about 50 protestors had gathered and demonstrated outside the Sentul Buddhist temple after receiving hearsay that the former President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse was going to visit the temple. We understand that the chief monk had clarified the rumour with the protestors but some protestors had hurled abusive language against the chief monk and even attempted to attack him but fortunately no one was injured in the alleged assault.
 
YBAM is highly concerned about this incident and condemns the unruly acts of these protestors for being so insensitive and disrespectful towards a place of worship and a senior religious teacher. We call upon all parties to show their respect for the sanctity and holiness of religious sites of all faiths, and similar respect must be accorded to all religious teachers.

Therefore the irrational act of these protestors must be censured and such act of provocation against a Buddhist temple and a senior Buddhist monk must stop immediately.

At the meantime, YBAM calls upon all parties to remain calm and be rational in dealing with any rumour to avoid further misunderstanding and alarm among different faith groups.
 

Related news link
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/09/03/buddhist-monk-assaulted-at-anti-rajapaksa-protest/