International Day of Peace, Sept 21
International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. The date was set at 21st September, annually. It also as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. (“停火和非暴力日”的“世界和平日”).
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has dedicated the World Peace Day 2013 to peace education in an effort to refocus minds and financing on the pre-eminence of peace education as the means to bring about a culture of peace.
What is Peace Education?
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Peace education is the process of acquiring the values, the knowledge and developing the attitudes, skills and behaviours to live in harmony with oneself, with others and with the natural environment.
Some of the spectrum of focal themes in peace education include but not limited to:
- communication skills,
- international understanding,
- environmental responsibility,
- conflict resolution techniques,
- human rights awareness,
- tolerance of diversity,
- gender equality
Peace education must start young.
Deep Thoughts: Where is Peace?
Staying in Johor Bahru, Malaysia for nearly 30 years, most of the people are saying that JB is one of the most crimes city in Malaysia. But the truth is crimes happen anytime, anywhere!
Nobody can bring you peace, but yourself.
Why I say so?
Turn on my facebook, I can see all kind of crimes, REGULAR BASIS, such as accused rapist set free, bombing ATM for hot cash, kidnap for ransom, snatch thefts, daylight robbery, burglaries, gang fights, revenge shootings, murders, internet violence, cyber crimes, con crimes and many many more. The number of crimes increased tremendously especially before General Election and Hari Raya.
Rape: According to Royal Malaysia Polis (PDRM) report, “1 rape case per 2.5 hour“! Meaning that an average of 10 female victims per day! And more than 70% of the victims are under 18!
Con, Trick and Fraud: More than RM940 million (2009) recorded in this category! Needless to say, the number already turns into Billion! Uncovered truth is RM940m is only for reported cases, how about the unreported?
What makes someone commit a crime?
According to my studies, rising crime rate is not necessary linked to unemployment. As we can see, some crimes are related to money, but some are not. There are a few reasons or motives behind the story:
- Unemployed, deeply broke, and very desperate. The urge to find some money for celebrating festival with family. (eg. snatch thefts, robbery, kidnapping, burglaries…)
- The level of enjoyment after committing crime and not being caught by the police. (eg. con crimes, ATM bombing, rapes…)
- The mindset of “violence wins”, because others will scare of you. (eg. rapes, gang fights, murders, daylight robbery…)
- The mindset of “must win, no matter how”. (eg. cyber crime, gang fights…)
- Revenge and etc. (eg. revenge shootings, murders…)
Thanks to media channels, keep broadcasting various of successful crimes. Because of this, the level of fearfulness deeply rooted in our mind. Meanwhile, tons and tons of successful crimes also motivate criminal to TRY.
What if failed? Fine, put behind bars, and get free meal inside, a few years later – freedom.
What if succeed? A rotten life. Sacrifice for my family. Worth it, especially in festive season. TRY to do it again, because not being caught by the police. After this case, I am out.
And of course, these are similar to the story lines from movies like The Town, Takers, September 11, and many more.
The Seven Ways to Get Rich:
1. Inherit it
2. Marry it
2. Invest for it
4. Get lucky, lottery or win it
5. Work for a great company
7. Break the law: con, fraud, steal…
Logically, number 7 is the most unethically, immorality, dishonesty, illegally, and temporary.
The world is operated by universal laws, nothing escapes the LAW. This is why I said “Temporary”.
So, proper peace education must start young.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela
In the conjunction of World Peace Day, we have an event in Malaysia on this coming September, which you can show your care and dedication as a citizen of Gaia. RUN FOR PEACE 2013.
Run For Peace Malaysia: Creating a Culture of Peace
“Run for Peace” (和平之跑) is a non-competitive event organized by Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) to create awareness of peace and a healthy lifestyle in society. This event was held once every two years since 2005. This activity started with SGM Selangor in year 2005. SGM Johor and SGM Penang also organized this event in year 2011, and the response was overwhelming! A total of some 15,000 participants!
Apart from that, the number of youth runners is a great encouragement and a strong indication that the people are supportive of peace. Yes, peace education must start young.
In order to create the awareness of peace and a healthy lifestyle in the society, SGM has agreed to hold simultaneously nationwide in this coming September, in conjunction with our SGM Peace Month, the “Run for Peace” on the same day of September 8 (the day 2nd President of Soka Gakkai, Josei Toda made the “Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons”).
Must Watch: Run for Peace 2013 Meaningful Video
The 1st media conference on Run For Peace 2013 was held on 31 July 2013 at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, KL. Estimated 50,000 peace lovers throughout Malaysia will run at 14 locations nationwide. Universal Fitness and Leisure Sdn Bhd announced sponsorship to the event, witnessed by Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi, Honorary Secretary of Olympic Council of Malaysia.
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14 Venues throughout the nation:
6th Sep 2013 (Friday):
Kedah – Komplek Jabatan Belia dan Sukan, Alor Setar
Kelantan – SGM Kelantan Cultural Center (Jalan Kuala Krai, Kota Bahru)
Terengganu – Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu
8th Sep 2013 (Sunday):
Pulau Pinang – Han Chiang High School Field
Perak – SGM Perak Cultural Center (Taman Lapangan Ria, Ipoh)
Pahang – Mini Zoo Kuantan, Kuantan
Selangor – Padang Besar Taman Klang Jaya, Klang
Kuala Lumpur – Dataran Petaling Jaya
Negeri Sembilan – Majlis Perbandaran Seremban Hall & Field, Seremban
Melaka – SGM Melaka Cultural Centre (Bukit Baru, Melaka)
Johor – SGM Johor Cultural Centre, Taman Selatan, Johor Baru (for JB) and Stadium Batu Pahat (for Batu Pahat)
Sarawak – Amphi Theater, Kuching
Sabah – Stadium Likas, Kota Kinabalu
Registration Fees: RM20 for Adult & RM15 for Students and Age above 60
Free 1 Run for Peace 2013 t-shirt (pink), towel, and goodies bag.
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PEACE? Don’t TALK only. Take ACTION.
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