Putrajaya (The Star/ANN) - Love for the nation brought churches of different denominations together in prayer under one roof.
Thousands of Christians in Malaysia packed the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam yesterday as the faithful made prayers of blessings for the country and its administration in conjunction with the 49th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia.
The event, organised by the Council of Churches Malaysia, is part of an initiative to coordinate prayer efforts for Malaysia and the imminent general election, said a statement on the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship Malaysia website.
"The (Malaysia Day) celebration becomes a powerful reminder to us of what we should seek for our country.
"(These include) food and land for the hungry and the homeless, freedom and hope for the oppressed and weak, justice and equity for everyone, harmony and mutual respect among peoples of all races and religions, righteousness and integrity in government and society, peace and economic prosperity for the nation, and good news for all," the statement said.
In Kota Kinabalu, more than 5,000 Christians celebrated Malaysia Day at the Padang Merdeka.
They kickstarted "a day to bless the nation" programme with the trumpeting of ram horns and singing of songs of worship in the celebration which was organised by churches with the cooperation of the City Hall.
Kota Kinabalu Mayor Abidin Madingkir joined in the special Malaysia Day prayer at about 8:00am.