Buddhist relics to go on display

by Chuah Bee Kim, The New Straits Times, Dec 9, 2007

Kulai, Johor (Malaysia) -- BUDDHIST relics dating back some 2,500 years will be brought to the Kampung Amal Charity Village in Kulai for the public to offer puja (act of showing reverence) from Jan 18 to 20.

The village will be open from 9am to 5pm to allow devotees to attend the puja session.

Its operations manager, Chong Tzer Bin, said the relics had been displayed in Singapore, India, Myammar, Nepal and Thailand.

At the village, one can also find a prayer wheel with words and mantras written all around it.

The wheel is placed on a spindle, and by spinning the wheel, one is said to send out prayers to the universe.
The village, covering 17.4 hectares, currently houses an old folks’ home which has over 30 residents.

There is also a green lung called “Bamboo Land” which is filled with bamboo plants.

Plans are underway to build an orphanage, a medical centre and a home for the disabled.

However, Chong said they do not know when they could complete the development as they needed funds to proceed with the project. He appealed to the public for donations.

The village was established by the Amitabha Centre which also runs a haemodialysis centre in Taman Tasek. For details, call 07-2380448.