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July 27, 2003 20:28 PM

Exhibition To Promote Understanding Of World Religions

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 (Bernama) -- A ten-day "World Religions-Universal Peace-Global Ethics" exhibition beginning today hopes to provide Malaysia's multiracial community an opportunity to explore and understand world religions.

The exhibition, organised by the Soka Gakkai Malaysia and Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, aims to promote a better understanding, respect and appreciation of the world's religions as well the importance of their ethical messages.

The exhibition, opened by German Ambassador to Malaysia Jurgen A.R Staks Sunday, showcased a total of 24 exhibits which introduced the visitors to the various religions such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Baha'i Faith.

Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the exhibition, which had previously been held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and United Kingdom.

Also present at the function today were Soka Gakkai Malaysia president Koe Teng Hong, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation representative to Malaysia Peter Schier, president of Lim Kok Wing Institute, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, and the representative for Malaysian Interfaith Network Dr Amin Farid Isahak.

Soka Gakkai Malaysia deputy president Liu Cheng Choong in his welcoming address, said although Malaysia had a multicultural community, there were little opportunities of knowing the religions the other communities other then visiting them during their religious festivals.

"Thus it is important that we conscientiously make efforts to know other religions besides the one we are practising. By doing so, we get to know the reasons behind the traditions of a particular religion, and learn the good values that are found in them," he said.

Meanwhile Staks in his speech, said that Malaysia was the best example of a multiracial country and the exhibition was a remarkable way to improve understanding of the different races thus contributing toward a harmonious society.

In conjunction with the exhibition, film shows and panel discussions on the various religions will also be organised every evening until Aug 5.

The exhibition, which is being held at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, opens from 11am to 8pm daily, and admission is free.


©Copyright 2003, Bernama (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

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