35th Day

Posted On August 25, 2006

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PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN,Perak, Abode of Grace
‘ABODE OF GRACE’

Capital Ipoh (Royal Capital: Kuala Kangsar)
Sultan Sultan Azlan Shah Muhibbuddin Shah
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 2,256,400 (est.): Malay 52.07%, Other Bumiputera 2.4% (Semai, Siamese, Temiar, Jahai, Mendriq, Kintaq, Lanoh), Chinese 30.2%, Indian 12.48%, Others 0.35%, Non-citizens 2.49%.

Religious Breakdown (2000) Islam 53.9%, Buddhism 24.0%, Taoism/ Confucianism 5.9%, Hinduism 11.0%, Christianity 3.1%, Tribal 0.6%, Others 0.6%, No Religion 0.8%, Unknown 0.1%.

Incidence of Poverty (2004) 4.9% (Hardcore: 1.1%)

Beruas, a small town in Perak, is believed to be the location of an ancient Hindu-Malay Kingdom called Gangga Negara (collapsed in early 11th century). It is also believed to be the birthplace of Islamic teaching.

The Pangkor Treaty in 1874 effectively gave the British a foothold in the Malay states while ensuring the power of the sultans over cultural and religious matters. Perak was once the richest state in the Peninsula due to tin ore mining in Kinta Valley. The country’s largest Tibetan Buddhist temple is located here in Tambun.

PRAY
1. People will know the reality of God’s abundant grace and mercy.
2. Authorities to have wisdom, integrity and respect for human rights in ensuring the proper running of Kamunting detention camp. [The camp ‘houses’ many who are detained arbitrarily and without rights to trial under Internal Security Acts as they are considered a threat to national security. The camp draws much criticism from international rights groups.]
3. The sanctity of family institution be preserved; against the threat of immorality among the youth. [Perak recorded high number of recorded illegitimate births]
4. Wisdom and vigilance for police force in combating the rising crime.
5. Successful poverty eradication programme. [It is reported that 6,130 families are under the hardcore poverty line, out of which 4,026 are Orang Asli families.]
6. Serious consideration for the welfare of the OA communities. [The total number of Orang Asli families statewide is 9,642.]
7. God’s guidance for the naval forces in preserving the security of the nation’s territorial waters. [The country’s main naval base is located in Lumut.]
8. Church: renewed zeal in Great Commission, unity, vision to be a blessing in the communities, cultural-relevant outreaches. [Perak has about 134 Chinese new villages, the highest number in Malaysia, which are lacking of Christian witness.]

“True prayer is asking for God and from God” – Rev Thomas Ong

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