Najib Razak was at the Wesak Day Celebration organized by major Buddhist organizations in Fuo Guang Shan, Dong Zhen Temple on May 9.
During the visit, Najib says that he admires the teachings of Buddhism, because it upholds “moral principles, resolves conflict in a peace lovig way, and that good deeds will bring good karma”. Buddhists, he added, have a big heart to accept the voices of dissidents” (Translated by from page A8 Oriental Daily News of 9 May 2009 by blogger Trinleychodron)
I would like to point out two articles which question this visit. Their questions are interesting.
It makes you wonder, what was Najib thinking when he was surrounded by all those Buddhist in the temple on Wesak day? And why was he invited when they know about Najib’s reputation?
In her blog, Trileychodron asks if Najib is telling himself that he needs to be morally upright? Or, is he actually thinking:
“ The Chinese voters seems to be running away from BN, especially UMNO now. I need to call upon all these devotes, high monks with this nice statement on this auspicious day – to remind them about how beautiful Buddhism is.
“As Buddhists , we should always be forgiving, peace loving ,non confrontation and tolerance – even if injustice occur in this motherland?”
(Read more in her blog posting: Is Najib praising Buddhism or warning the Buddhists/Sangha?)
Another writer, Norbu Wang Zentea, who mailed his article to me, asked:
“But Does the Buddhists or the Buddhist Organizations who invited our Mr. VIP know this and practice this? I doubt so. Even if they know it, they don’t really want to express their understanding in such ways that will ‘hurt’ the feelings of others, including and especially our MR. VIP.
“But by doing so, do you think they have upgraded the status of Buddhists of being a fearless and dignified community? Or they have compromised to the view that “better stay and cooperate with the Devils because we can’t change them anyway?”
“But what I am trying to say is: why invite such person when you know already that he is NOT WELCOMED by anyone who has even the lowest common sense? And rationaLIES it with so many beautiful reasons like religious harmony, One Malaysia, tolerance and blablabla….??? Or should we say that there’s an hidden agenda for both parties e.g. they are just using each other to achieve what they want?
Read his article further here: Celebrating Wesak Day with Demon(s)?
Tell me what you think after this.