Tuesday, September 03, 2019
The Myanmar Times
Kyaw Ko Ko 03 Sep 2019
Thura U Aung Ko speaks in Mandalay on Sunday. Kyaw Ko Ko/The Myanmar Times
Myanmar’s Religious and Culture Affairs minister on Sunday called on the citizens of various faiths to promote peace and shun hate speech because it creates instability and conflicts.
Violence and hate speech around the world damage peace, Minister Thura U Aung Ko told a ceremony marking the 5th Religious Founders Day in Mandalay city on Sunday.
“Every religion teaches peace and benefits people. If every follower and believer practices the teachings of their religion steadfastly, the whole of human society will be prosperous. We’ve seen that hate speech can damage peace,” Thura U Aung Ko told the event.
He noted that different religions preach the same underlying principles of peace and harmony from the cradle to the grave.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Myanmar has been holding Religious Founders Day ceremony in Mandalay since 2017, according to U Khin Maung Nyunt, chair of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
He said the goal of the event is to understand the essence of religion, the honourable dignity of religious founders. It also aims to highlight the morality as well as the love and respect among believers of different religions.
U Khin Maung Nyunt expressed hope that through this initiative, people can practice their own faith without discrimination and achieve sustainable peace in society. – Translated