Buddhists around Malaysia celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death
ON Wesak Day in 1956, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj delivered a speech asking all Malayans to reflect on the teachings of Lord Buddha:
“...in these days of challenge, it is fitting that men of goodwill, irrespective of race or creed, should ponder on the teachings of Lord Buddha, which lead us to the path of enlightenment and peace.”
Over 50 years later, Tunku’s words still resonate with Malaysians who come together to celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death with their fellow Buddhist friends. With Buddhist temples reflecting the different communities that settled here (Sinhalese Buddhist, Thai Theravada Buddhist in and Chinese Mahayana Buddhist), Wesak in Malaysia is both spiritual enlightenment and a symbol of harmony and peace.