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The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) disagrees with the answer provided by the Minister of Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin during the Question and Answer Session in the parliament on 26th March 2014. He mentioned that the ministry is looking at the possibilities of reducing the definition of “Youth” to 25 or 30 years old, and not the presently 40 years old, which means all youth organisations’ members and leaders shall be under the age defined by law.

Mr. Lu Jun Hong from Australia (Director of Australia’s Eastern Radio Station, also known as Director Lu), will be organizing a Q&A seminar regarding “A Summary on the Art of Mystery” on 2nd of March 2014 in Malaysia. In relation to this seminar, many Buddhist associations have received enquiries from the public on whether the contents of this seminar are in accordance with the real Buddhist teachings. Thus, the major Buddhist associations in Malaysia felt the need to clarify and reiterate the true Buddhist teachings in order to educate the public

EMCO (Eight Major Chinese Youth-based Organizations) is issuing this joint statement – We seriously condemn the recent intrusive behaviour of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) of privately entering into the Office of the Bible Society of Malaysia and seizing copies of the Bible. This action by JAIS not only has no legal basis, but has also seriously hurt the feelings of Christians in Malaysia.

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) has embarked on a fund raising campaign to assist students affected by the current flood in the country. This campaign will continue until 31 December 2013. YBAM will distribute the basic necessities for the students through selected schools.

The recent destruction of an ancient Hindu temple (candi 11) with a thousand year history in the Bujang Valley of Kedah State by a private developer for a property project is both shocking and deplorable. The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM), The Buddhist Research Society of Malaysia (BRSM), Persatuan Belia Kristian Malaysia (PBKM), Persatuan Graduan Muda Malaysia (GRADUAN), Pertubuhan Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia (GBBM), Persatuan Usahawan Maju Malaysia (PUMM), and The Young Malaysians Movement (YMM) would like to strongly condemn this extremely selfish act by the developer, as well as the Kedah Government’s inability to protect the historical site. Bujang Valley is a site of great historical value to the country and not just the state of Kedah. As such it is of great value to all Malaysians, irrespective of race or religion. A heritage site such as the Bujang Valley represents a milestone in the development of human history and should belong to humanity.

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) understands that the government intends to make ‘Islamic and Asian Civilisation Studies (Titas)’ one of the three compulsory subjects for the intake of local students into private institutions of higher learning (IPTS),from 1st of Sept,2013 onwards. YBAM wishes to express that it is opposed to this decision.

The Malaysian Buddhist Consultative Council (MBCC), Eight Major Chinese Youth-based Organization (EMCO), Fo Guang Shan Malaysia and the Buddhist Research Society of Malaysia protest strongly against the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Bill 2013(D.R.1/2013) (“the 2013 Bill”), which has been tabled during the first session of the 13th Parliament of Malaysia. The 2013 Bill provides for the unilateral conversion of minors to the religion of Islam by one parent, which is contrary to the basic right of religious freedom under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, and at the same time legalizes the erosion of the rights of non-Muslims in Malaysia.

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.

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.

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