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The Federation of World Peace and Love Celebrates the International Day of Peace with Love and Conscience

“Conscience is the key to global peace and sustainability.” ~ Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze

A message of conscience from Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, president of the Federation of World Peace and Love, delivers remarks, emphasizing the importance of conscience in achieving peace.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21. “As a human family, we face a stark choice —Peace or perpetual peril. We must choose peace,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres states in his message commemorating the day.

As an avid peace advocate, the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) hosted a virtual forum in celebration of this meaningful day, and it marks the 36th webinar that FOWPAL has organized in support of various UN days to awaken the conscience in more people and foster world peace since the pandemic began. In this forum, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, president of FOWPAL, nine influential leaders, and other promoters of peace shared their thoughts on how to make the world a better and more peaceful place.

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze emphasized, “Now is a critical time as the world needs to recover quickly and global solidarity and dialogue are urgently needed. Only by providing mutual support and care and uniting with love and conscience will we create a win-win situation to enhance our collective well-being and to usher in true peace.”

Dr. Hong also stated, “The key to peace lies in promoting the purest form of human love and practicing it with perseverance. Actions based on love and conscience will be the strongest force for peaceful reform and the best way to maintain long-term peace in the world.”

“There is no peace without love. Peace needs love, and love needs to be balanced,” Dr. Hong further explained, adding, “Conscience is like a compass, guiding people onto the right path and unleashing their boundless potential. Conscience enables people to become compassionate and courageous and empowers them to use wisdom to resolve conflict. When people act in accordance with their conscience, they benefit both themselves and others. By handling people and things with conscience, we will know how to tolerate and forgive each other, love and care for others, shorten the distance between people and between nations, and promote an all-round stable and peaceful society.”

Teburoro Tito, former President of Kiribati and current Ambassador of Kiribati to the UN, encouraged everyone to cultivate an abundance of love, peace, kindness, care, and happiness within. He said, “I firmly believe that an international cooperation involving the collaboration of national, regional, and international organizations headed by persons who are richly endowed with the aforementioned positive human attributes and who are powered and driven by human conscience as I have explained, and who will put people before profits and human values before dollar values, and the ‘we’ before the ‘I,’ we will surely have a good chance of winning the fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic and in liberating the world out of such crisis as soon as possible.”

Rosy S. Akbar, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts of Fiji, pointed out, “We must encourage and support one another, as well as push ourselves to act in good conscience all the time, for the benefit of everyone now, and for our future generations to come.” “If we create a conviction within ourselves to do what we can to support our fellow humans, and work together as one, we will surely have a more equitable and sustainable world to look forward to,” she added.

Rosalia Arteaga Serrano, former President of Ecuador, stated, “I value a lot the initiative of FOWPAL to celebrate 21 of September, the Day of Peace. And they are working through consciousness. I really support this initiative because I believe on peace and consciousness on the world.”

Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, former President of Trinidad and Tobago, said, “I wish to propose once more, that world leaders and citizens advocate for and support the establishment of an environmental Court, that is, the International Environmental Court (IEC), without prejudice to the mandates of existing institutions. The International Environmental Court (IEC) will be telling violators of environmental impunity, you can run but you cannot hide.”

Reema Harrysingh-Carmona, former First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago, emphasized women’s role in fostering a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world, quoting a UN statement: “Without women’s participation, we will not achieve lasting peace; and without the stability of peace, we will not achieve sustainable development.”

Stjepan Mesic, former President of Croatia, said, “All wars always end with peace, so why to wage them at all? This is a thought to be considered by everyone, especially those who are in position to lead and decide about war.”

Filip Vujanovic, former President of Montenegro, said, “We need to recall the necessity for solidarity, understanding, consciousness, mutual respect, and humanity. We can only do that by powering our international community and strengthening our bilateral, regional, and multilateral relations. More than ever in our history, we need the strong and proactive UN to lead our global society in times of uncertainty. Failing in this joint goal shall not be an option whatsoever.”

Dr. Akkan Suver, president of the Marmara Group Foundation in Turkey, said, “In order to reach peace and approach a culture of peace, we first need dialogue, then tolerance and then love.” He also illustrated the difference between war and peace by quoting the words of Herodotus: “In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”

Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal, the world’s first image scientist and impact strategist and a recipient of the prestigious Karmaveer Chakra Award, instituted by the UN, encouraged everyone to have compassion and do good deeds, saying, “Let’s stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in our environment and society, and as good human beings, to do whatever we can, no matter how big or small, to ensure that we all live in peace, good health and mutual respect as global citizens of the world.”

Prior to the pandemic, FOWPAL would co-organize events with various Permanent Missions to the UN at the United Nations. Dr. Ada Okika, UN coordinator of the Africana Women Working Group at the UN, attended one of such events and was very impressed by the powerful and peaceful energy of the Bell of World Peace and Love. She invited Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze to deliver a speech and video presentation of the ceremony of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love to calm people’s hearts and pray for the world during the First Ladies International Day of Peace Forum hosted by the Africana Women Working Group on September 21, 2021. Injecting more energy of peace into the world by presenting FOWPAL’s bell ringing ceremony at such an event was very meaningful as it is tradition for the UN Secretary-General to ring the UN Peace Bell on the International Day of Peace each year.

The webinar, moderated by Princess Tshepi Motloung, founder of the FutureLift Foundation, was joined by Dr. Hong and other distinguished guests, including Princess Siphokazi Simandla, managing director of Bolunga Systems & e-Waste Social Enterprise; Pauline Soberanis Tillett, a City Councilor in Belmopan, Belize; Dr. Samuel Jacobs, executive director of Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies; Suzanne Harvey, executive director of the Peacemaker Corps; Princess Gabo Moroka, founder of the Princess Gabo Foundation; Bea Baylor, author; Dr. Diana Kenoly, youth leadership mentor; and others.

“Every woman is their first lady,” said Dr. Ada Okika, emphasizing the value of each woman. She also noted, “We cannot just be talking about world peace when the major aspects that are inclusive into the issue of peace are neglected and that is the issues about women.” She reported that the event was celebrating both the International Day of Peace and the Independence Day of Belize.

Pauline Soberanis Tillett, a City Councilor in Belmopan, Belize, expressed her delight at her country’s Independence Day and International Day of Peace being commemorated simultaneously. She spoke about how women in her city are empowered by providing opportunities for them to learn, grow, and gain confidence.

“Without action on our part, no success is going to be possible,” said Dr. Diana Kenoly, youth leadership mentor, stressing the significance of personal efforts. She encouraged everyone to keep sharpening their skills and improving themselves to have a brighter future.

Dr. Samuel Jacobs, executive director of Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies, highlighted the importance of self-reflection and solidarity, saying, “The pandemic will also encourage us to have a serious assessment of how we have lived our lives as humans and how important it is to connect around the world and build synergies and efforts in order for us to overcome challenges and situations that we found ourselves in.”

In the face of the world’s various problems, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze pointed out that the heart is at the root of everything: “From the moment they are born, humans are confronted with the five poisons hidden in their hearts: greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance, and skepticism. The selfish pursuit of power, fame, and wealth has led to jealousy, suspicion, comparison, bullying, and even discrimination and hatred among people.” He noted that if people realize that they all belong to the same human family and that the source of happiness is one, more conflicts and tragedies can be avoided. He also highlighted the importance of conscience in achieving world peace: “Conscience is innate and guides us onto the bright path. Only when conscience is activated can global citizens respect and care for one another and realize a peaceful world as with conscience comes a peaceful world and with happiness comes a joyful family. Conscience is the key to global peace and sustainability.”

Dr. Hong also shared some useful tips for the fight against COVID-19: “During the SARS outbreak in 2002 and during the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in the end of 2019, we produced disease prevention guidelines (videos): three don’ts, five do’s, and six tips, as well as a trilogy of videos on epidemic prevention, which we have presented to heads of state and the world, hoping that everyone will stay safe, healthy, and happy and that the pandemic will end soon. The pandemic is in fact a warning to the world: Who can be without flaws if they are not saints? There is no greater benefit than being able to correct one’s errors. In the face of nature’s backlash, only through sincere self-reflection, repentance, and atonement, and by doing more good deeds with conscience to make up for our mistakes, can we have a chance to turn the corner.”

Following Dr. Hong’s insightful speech, FOWPAL shared a ceremony of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love. The clear sound of the Bell resonated in the hearts of the participants. Princess Tshepi Motloung said effusively, “Thank you for that peace bell. Let it keep on ringing in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in our societies, in our continents, globally, wherever we are. Thank you so much!”

“All that we are doing is working towards agenda 2030,” she said at the end of the event, encouraging people to make meaningful contributions in their communities and continue to recover and rebuild better in the post-COVID era.

About the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL): Established in 2000 in the United States by Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, FOWPAL is an international love and peace organization, with members from around the world. Guided by the principle of “Changing the world for the better starting with one good thought,” it aims to promote world peace and love through various activities such as world summits of love and peace, ceremonies of ringing the “Bell of World Peace and Love,” and cultural exchange performances. To date, 399 prominent figures from 122 countries have rung the Bell, made their wishes for love and peace, and pledged to work for the world’s sustainable future. Among them are 43 heads of state and government, seven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, UN ambassadors, and other visionary leaders.

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Female green turtle found dead at Pantai Pandak, Terengganu

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 26 — A female green turtle was found dead on the beach at Pantai Pandak near Chendering here yesterday.

Terengganu Fisheries director Ruzaidi Mamat said the department was informed of the discovery at 5.18 pm and a team was sent to the location.

“Upon examination, the turtle, weighing about 15 kilogrammes and estimated to be between four and five years-old , was injured on the eye.

“The cause of death could not be determined, but I believed it could be trapped in a fishing net,” he said when contacted today.

He said the turtle was the buried at Pantai Pandak.

“It is the 38th death of the green turtle recorded this year,” he said, and advised the public to contact the nearest Fisheries district office or call 03-88885019 should they spot a turtle that is stranded, or a dead one, on the beach.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Fatal accident: DOSH orders premises owner to stop ore processing operations

KOTA BHARU, Sept 26 — The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) in Kelantan has ordered the premises owner of a mine in Felda Aring 5, Gua Musang to stop all ore processing operations following a fatal accident involving a worker last Thursday.

Kelantan DOSH director’s office, in a statement today, said a team of investigating officers had gone to the scene as soon as they received information about the incident that occurred at 8.50 am.

“The incident occurred after the victim, an Indonesian man, conducted routine cleaning works on an ore washing machine before the mining operations begin. The victim is believed to have slipped and fallen into the machine while checking it after applying grease,” it said.

The statement added that legal action would be taken against those responsible if there was any violation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

“DOSH is responsible for ensuring the safety, health and welfare of people at work and protecting others from safety and health hazard caused by employment activities in various sectors.

“For the record, Kelantan DOSH has charged three mining companies operating in Aring and issued various compounds for non-compliance with safety and health legislation at work,” the statement read.

Media previously reported that an Indonesian man known as Sakdan Muhammad, 36, had died after being crushed by an iron ore processing machine at a mine in Kampung Aring 5, Gua Musang.

The victim, who had just started working at the mine two weeks ago, suffered severe injuries to his body and died at the scene.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

83.1 per cent of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — A total of 19,454,273 individuals or 83.1 per cent of the adult population in Malaysia have been fully vaccinated as of yesterday, according to the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).

JKJAV in an infographic on its official Twitter account today, said 93.7 per cent or 21,923,560 individuals of the adult population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, according to the COVIDNOW portal, a total of 19,481,412 or 59.7 per cent of the country’s population are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of yesterday.

A sum of 22,715,503 or 69.7 per cent of the population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

For teenagers aged between 12 and 17, 0.9 per cent or 27,139 of them have been fully vaccinated as of yesterday.

On the daily vaccination rate, it said 259,141 doses were administered yesterday, 114,618 as the first dose and 144,523 the second dose, bringing the total number of doses dispensed under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 42,106,397.

PICK was launched on Feb 24 this year to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 228 deaths were recorded due to COVID-19 as of 11.59 pm on Sept 25, bringing the country’s death toll to 25,159.

The total includes eight actual daily COVID-19 deaths recorded in a 24-hour period (Sept 25), while the remaining deaths were backlog cases, but the figure could change as the cases were being updated.

Based on the graph of the seven-day average number of actual COVID-19 daily deaths, 89 actual deaths due to COVID-19 were recorded.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Ensure dissemination of accurate information on PPN, endemic phase – Annuar

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 – All parties, including social media influencers, must help ensure delivery of accurate information on the implementation of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) during the country’s transition to the endemic phase of COVID-19, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said influential people are responsible for educating the public by presenting information with an accurate narrative on government initiatives in PPN.

“Educating the public on the endemic phase is important because sometimes people still do not understand … we must convey in a simple way in communicating.

“Dissemination of information can also be done by influencers who have many followers, if he (or she) also takes on the role to remind the people about the transition to the endemic phase as community empowerment,” he said.

He said this when appearing as a guest on the “Optical Segment: National Recovery Plan””through the “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” (Good Morning Malaysia) programme broadcast by RTM today.

Apart from the use of conventional media such as television and radio, Annuar said dissemination mediums including social media platforms such as TikTok and Facebook could be used to disseminate information effectively, thus educating the public about the transition to the endemic phase.

Therefore, he said the ministries, government agencies and committees involved need to improve the aspect of information delivery to ensure its effectiveness to the public by holding continuous engagement.

On Sept 22, Annuar informed the Dewan Rakyat of a proposal to set up a communications command centre in an effort to convey information on decisions by the government to the public more accurately, quickly and easily understood.

He said the proposal was made following the challenges faced in the implementation of government programmes which were found to be due to misinformation and false information.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Ex-manager gets new income from farming

KUALA KRAI, Sept 26 — A manager of a telecommunication shop who was laid-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year is now a successful farmer with a five-figure monthly income.

Mohd Saifullah Che Mat, 28, a graduate of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), said being unemployed, he decided to carried out farming on a piece of land belonging to his father, Che Mat Hussin, 72,

“With a capital of RM4,000, I planted 800 green chilli plants, but my crop failed because I did not have the knowledge. You don’t grow vegetables just by planting them. You need to have the knowledge, and my first crop failed because I simply turned to farming with no knowledge about it.

“The failure did not demotivate me or made me feel disheartened. That got me to learn the techniques of farming from friends and experts in the field. I also got tips from Youtube,” he said when met at his vegetable farm in Kampung Chuchoh Puteri here.

Mohd Saifullah, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Communication), said his second attempt was planting eggplant.

“I planted 1,200 of the plants and after a week, was able to harvest about 300 kilogrammes eggplants a day, involving sales of RM800.

“With the encouraging yield of the eggplant and the lucrative income from the crop, I then went on to fertigation farming and planted 1,000 ‘cili padi’ plants using a grant of RM10,000 obtained from the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda),” he added.

The youngest of the five siblings said the fertigation farming was a success and he was now able to harvest about 100 kilogrammes of “cili padi” from his farm a week.

The harvest is sold for between RM12 and RM15 per kilogramme.

“I also sell them online to customers outside Kelantan, including Johor, Selangor, Perak and Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Phase 3 BPR payments to be credited from Tuesday – Ismail Sabri

KANGAR, Sept 26 — Perlis is still not ready to shift to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), said State Health Committee chairman Teh Chai Aan.

He said Perlis, currently in Phase Three of the NRP, had to meet three indicators set by the federal government, to move to Phase Four, namely on the vaccination rate of its adult population, usage of beds at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and COVID-19 positive cases.

“Currently, the use of beds in the hospital ICU is high, but it is expected to reduce soon,” he told Bernama when met after officiating the state-level World Rivers Day at Taman Sakura, Tebing Tinggi here, today.

At the event, 10,000 lampan fish am fry and more than 4,000 lobster fry, contributed by the Fisheries Department, were released in Sungai Perlis.

Some 50 trees contributed by the Forestry Department were also planted in the area.

Based on statistics at https://covidnow.moh.gov.my/bm/pls/ today, 88.6 per cent of the adult population in Perlis have been fully vaccinated.

A total of 17 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the state yesterday, bringing the cumulative cases in Perlis to 3,566.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency