Wesak Day is one of the most meaningful celebrations for our fellow Malaysian Buddhists. This Malaysian public holiday commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha. On this auspicious occasion, Malaysian Buddhists will revel in joy, peace and forgiveness as they seek blessings for themselves and their loved ones.
In our harmonious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation, this celebration will begin before dawn in temples throughout the country. Malaysian Buddhist devotees will gather in temples to release doves and to offer prayers. Wesak Day is also an occasion to offer alms to monks and give free meals to the less fortunate.
This very spirit of peace, charity and forgiveness observed by Malaysian Buddhists during this time of camaraderie truly encapsulates the 1Malaysia spirit. We, Malaysians, have gone through good times as well as bad times together, but it is through unity and reconciliation that we stand tall and continue to strive for a better nation.
Malaysia is at a crucial juncture and the effort we put in today, will be reflected in our growth and achievements in the years to come. Malaysia’s aspirations to be a developed, high-income nation by 2020, must be demonstrated by the collective commitment of our efforts. By the year 2020, God-willing, we will reap what we sow today.
Finally, let me thank all Malaysians, especially the Malaysian Buddhists, for your valuable contributions to our society. In keeping with the ideals and aspirations of 1Malaysia, the nation needs the participation of all Malaysians.
I hereby take this opportunity to wish all Malaysian Buddhists, a very happy Wesak Day!