Praying for better days ahead


THE Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on Sept 16 organised a virtual interfaith prayer session with the participation of members from all the five religions and state representatives.


Among the participant was state Social Development and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Chong Eng.


During her speech, she was all praise for this initiative by MCCBCHST and regarded it as an important gesture to remind everyone that unity is key during this Covid-19 era.


“It is truly wonderful to see over 100 participants here today.


“Prayer is a very powerful form of connection with God, and it is important that we continue to pray for better times ahead.


“I hope all the prayers that would be conducted by the religious leaders would prove to make a difference in everyone’s lives.


“The state government truly appreciates the good deeds by such organisations. At the end of the day, we must know that through unity, we are able to overcome any form of challenges.


“Let’s stay united and keep up the fighting spirit,” Chong Eng said during the virtual Pandemic Prayer session via Zoom on Sept 16.


After her speech, religious leaders from all the five religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism), including Islam started their prayers.


In the past, state-level MCCBCHST were actively involved in unity programmes, and have hosted projects to preserve and conserve love, peace and harmony.


They have also worked closely with the Penang State Government for religious-related events, and have helped families from the B40 group with household items.


Among others present during the prayer session were state-level MCCBCHST chairman A. Tharman, organising chairman (Buddhist religion chairman) Loo Keat Seang, Rev. Ronald Yap (Christian), M. Muniandy (Hindu), Daozhang Tong Weng Thye (Tao) and Sardar Sukhindarpal Singh (Sikh).


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix courtesy of YB Chong Eng’s office