Spiritual help to Nepal just as vital, says chief monk

Spiritual help to Nepal just as vital, says chief monk
A Nepalese boy in a candle light vigil to pray for Nepal earthquake victims.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians should not only provide material aid to victims of the Nepal earthquake but spiritual assistance as well, said Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple chief monk Rev B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera.

Although material aid and funds were important, he said spiritual help was also necessary.

"The physical and mental pain they have gone through is terrible and we hope to do everything we can to help them through it.

"I would like to laud the Malaysians who never fail to come together to help others during such natural disasters, regardless of where in the world it happened," he said during an interfaith prayer service at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

The service, which saw prayers recited by leaders of the Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist faiths, was attended by ambassadors from various countries.

Vincent Wong, political secretary to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, urged employers to allow their Nepali workers to return to their country.

Wong, who is representing the minister, said the Government had allowed them to take temporary leave.

"These workers are involved in construction, domestic caretaking and security in our country. We are here to serve and assist them in whatever way possible," he said in his speech.

Ambassador of Nepal to Malaysia Dr Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat thanked Malaysians and the Federal Government for providing help in times of need.

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