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Labuan Buddhists to mark Wesak in style at RM4m building

Daily Express, May 27, 2010

Labuan, Malaysia -- 'The locality is called "Pulau Buah" (Fruit Island) and once had a war tunnel through which the Japanese soldiers attacked the nearby airfield during World War Two.

But today its best landmark is the RM4 million three-storey stylish and stupendous "Labuan Buddhist Association" building. It is probably the best designed building of the Buddhist association in Borneo with an unusual fa?ade with two stairways snaking up.

Buddhist Association Secretary, Charlie Kon, said the facilities inside the building include a multi-purpose hall with a capacity for 200 people, an activity hall with a performing stage, a mini kitchen, two office rooms, a grand prayer hall with a 13-ft Buddha statue to be installed later, a library, conference, store and bedrooms for visiting masters.

It is also has two units of multi-purpose classrooms which could accommodate up to 50 persons and an 80-person restroom.

There are 100-over parking lots and vacant ground land for future development.

Befitting the grandeur of the building, Buddhists here plan to hold a grand celebration in conjunction with their most revered day "Wesak" this Friday.

Chairman of the celebration committee Wong Tack Peng, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Association, said there would be prayers, bathing of a little Buddha statue, vegetarian food, charity bazaars, candle lighting, etc.

He said all donations and collections raised from the charity bazaars would be used for the second phase of the building project. Charity coupons would be sold at RM20.

Wong invited all to join in the celebration marking the historic first use of the building.

In line with the Association's support for environmental friendly and recycling, well wishers are urged, to bring along their own recycle bags.

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