Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has reminded Malaysians to not only tolerate one another but to also "migrate to a level of total acceptance" and to build the country together in the spirit of 1Malaysia.
He said whatever faith one had, it was vital to find the goodness of the religion because positive attitudes and good teachings could form good values for the nation.
"When we talk about good values, they have to be practised and assimilated at different levels.
"It is important for us to build this nation. We need to look forward, to reconcile, that's the concept which Malaysians need to be reminded of," he said at the Wesak Day celebrations at Maha Vihara Buddhist temple in Brickfields here yesterday.
Najib said people could find good teachings in many faiths which could build and prosper the nation.
Noting that Buddhists made up 19 per cent of the population, he said the community had contributed immensely towards the social and economic growth of the country.
He said a survey by the Global Peace Index last year, which stated that Malaysia was the 19th safest and most peaceful of the 153 countries, showed how successful Malaysia could be despite being a diverse nation.
"You can see how rich we are with various ethnic groups and religions," he said, thanking the people for working towards the country's peace and prosperity.
Najib also said Wesak Day had been a public holiday for the last 50 years, which reflected a vibrant and diverse society in Malaysia.
For this, the 1Malaysia concept and transformation programme were meant to be sustainable and inclusive, he added.
Earlier, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said values such as tolerance, understanding, patience and compassion were the requirements to ensure unity and peace in the country.
"As Malaysians, it is our nature to regard ourselves as one big family," he said, adding the theme for the 50th Wesak Day was "Patriotism and Religious Harmony for a United Malaysia".
Present were Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and Malaysian Buddhist Chief High Priest Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana Maha Thera.