38th Day

Posted On August 28, 2006

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KEDAH DARUL AMAN,Kedah, Abode of Peace
‘ABODE OF PEACE’

Capital Alor Star (Royal Capital: Anak Bukit)
Sultan Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah
Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Khalid

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 1,848,100 (est.): Malay 75.23%, Other Bumiputera 0.18% (Siamese, Kensiu), Chinese 13.95%, Indian 6.8%, Others 1.62%, Non-citizens 2.22%

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 76.9%, Buddhism 13.5%, Hinduism 6.5%, Taoism/Confucianism 2.0%, Christianity 0.8%, Others 0.2%, No Religion 0.1%

Incidence of Poverty (2004) 7.0% (Hardcore: 1.3%)

The oldest known civilisation in Peninsular Malaysia is found in Bujang Valley, where the remains of a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom dating back to 300AD. Sultan Muzaffar Shah I (12th century) of Kedah was the first ruler in the Malay Peninsula to be known to convert to Islam.

Kedah is also known as the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Malaysia contributing to one third of total rice production. The Kulim Hi-Tech Park is the first high technology industrial park in Malaysia.

 

PRAY
1. People may experience the reality & the truth of the Prince of Peace.
2. Effective poverty eradication strategies [Poverty is a harsh reality for many rural households in places such as Baling and Kubang Pasu.]
3. God’s provision and blessings to the rice farmers whose income was affected by flood; and State government’s commitment in addressing their predicament. [Many rice farmers are still recovering from losses due to the devastating 2005 floods. The recent increase in the state’s land hike tax have added to their burden.]
4. Financial aids and healing for those who are still traumatised by tsunami catastrophe. [The Kuala Sungai Muda villagers are still rebuilding their lives.]
5. Good governance; good management & stewardship of state funds.
[Kedah’s poor financial standing in state reserves has been a concern over the years.]
6. Vigilance for police force to ensure security at Bukit Kayu Hitam.
[Bukit Kayu Hitam is Kedah’s main checkpoint into Thailand where there have been past attempts to smuggle in illegal immigrants and firearms.]
7. Church: oneness of heart and boldness to witness; more leaders/ Bible teachers in smaller towns; fruitful youth outreach.

“Prayer is talking to God and hearing God” Dr Sonny Tneoh

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