Sunday, October 7, 2007

Religious Groups, NGOs Hold Gathering On Water Conservation

post by Susanne Chi

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) -- Religious groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in their efforts to instill greater awareness among the public on the importance of conserving water, will be holding a discussion on the subject at Masjid Negara here on Aug 4.

The gathering will deliberate the different religious views on human rights to water and is themed "United for Water: Religions Speak on the Rights to Water" and will specifically refer to the United Nations's General Comment No 15.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud at a press conference on it here Wednesday, said: "The event hopes to raise awareness among Malaysians to conserve water and to respect and protect human rights to the precious resource."

The event is jointly organised by various organisations including Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM), Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia (BMSM), Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS), Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) and MTUC.

International Movement for a Just World (Just) president Dr Chandra Muzaffar will deliver the keynote address while papers will be presented by other speakers including the general-secretary of CCM, Rev Dr. Hermen Shastri and the president of Buddhist Maha Vihara, Sarath W. Surendre.

Those interested in participating in it can e-mail their details to or call Simon Lee at 012-6332349.

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