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Letters to the World Leaders – Calling for World Harmony Day

Letters to the World Leaders – Calling for World Harmony Day

 

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ATTN: Mr. Kofi Annan

26-11-2001

Dear Mr. Annan,

I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you due to the current situation in Afghanistan. I have developed a proposal that has the potential to become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you have the ability to be one of the “few” by helping us make this proposal work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen and the UN’s unparalleled ability to spread the word.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children – Surely one of the most fundamental tenets of the UN.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN : Mr. Kofi Annan

11-12-2001

Congratulations on winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Dear Mr. Annan,

On behalf of my countrymen from Singaporeans, I would like to congratulate you and the United Nations on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I hope that you received my fax on 26 November 2001 calling for “World Harmony Day”. After watching the program “Prize for Peace”, we were inspired to rename it “The Nobel World Peace Silence”. It is the Nobel centenary and for a man who did so much to strive for peace, naming this international action after him would be a very fitting testament to his achievement.

In recognition of the United Nation’s achievements, this prize marks not the end of your contributions but on the contrary a powerful beginning. In fact, the mandate to lead the world towards peace with “The Nobel World Peace Silence” lies in your hands. Create awareness and gathering support worldwide will stop the ongoing violence and thus save humanity from itself. As mentioned in your speech, the world body should be guided in the 21st century by the idea that to save one life was to save humanity itself.

Frank Lloyd Wright said great architecture is born not made. Similarly, a great leader like you possesses great inner powers that are innate good judgement and neither be made nor trained. Mr. Johnathan Mann questioned your quiet and calm to the world. I was mesmerized with the way you answered with your cool level-headedness as a silent power connecting with the world at large. It is evident that you are born for the position you now hold.

Kofi Annan stands for truth and the truth is that your love for humanity is your driving force that makes UN so respected. You are also very adorable to all of us especially to my daughter and I.

Just this morning my daughter Greta said, “He is so cool.”
Then I asked, “Who is so cool?”

“Mr. Kofi Annan” she answered with such expression of love on her face and then she added, “he is my idol”. I replied that you are mine too, I believe the whole world agrees with us too. The only present that we can give is by working very hard to achieve world peace. When you said “we must give hope to the world” this captured our hearts and inspired us to work even harder.

In short we love you, so does the whole world. We love you for who you are and the way you carry diplomacy with USA and especially after the September 11th bombing.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN: Mr. Kofi Annan

28-1-2002

The work we had done up until now for 200220022002

Dear Mr. Annan,

My family wishes you and your wife a very belated Happy New Year and many more to come. Thank you for the letter dated 29 Nov 2001. After reading the letter, I understood that as an individual I could only appeal to the leaders of the world with the hope that they will bring my proposal to United Nations.

Our greatest gift to you is to work very hard besides the UN to achieve World Peace. Since conception of “World Harmony Day” on 11 Nov. 2001, my daughter and I had not stop a minute in our pursued to make 200220022002 a reality. I have been calling and sending the proposal to most of the World Leaders, Individuals, Permanent Missions to the UN and Media. We have received letters of acknowledgement and consideration from Prime Minister Helen Clark (19-12-2001), Prime Minister Tony Blair (09-01-2002) and France Foreign Ministry (09-01-2001). Although it is not a commitment but it gave us motivation to continue the struggle to bring hope to the world at large.

In November before the UN General Assembly, in your speech you stated that your second term priorities is to eradicate poverty, the struggle against Aids, the prevention of deadly conflicts and global economic sustainability. In the eloquent speech by Bill Clinton “The Struggle for the Soul of the 21st Century” is an important testament where the answer lies.

The answer is to have the wisdom and will. As questioned by Bill Clinton, these two attributes hold the key to our success only when we choose them. He was absolutely confident that we have the knowledge and the means to make the 21st century the most peaceful prosperous, interesting time in all human history. With this newfound knowledge, it gave us great strength, determination and confidence to pursue in our endeavour.

We must show the world that we have the wisdom and will by seizing 200220022002, this amazing opportunity of “World Harmony Day”, to commit to each other for the sake of our children’s children that we will strive for a new beginning to a more peaceful world. To mark this significant day we will host it annually just like the “Terry Fox Run” to collect funds for Education. (It will be a great idea to link this program with UNICEF – The Unity Chain by calling 200220022002 – The Peace Chain) In order to eradicate poverty, the best weapon we can help to arm the third world countries is with Education. Moreover, it is a worthy cause for humanity but most importantly on this day 20 February every year, everyone around the world will be reminded of our sacred duty not to take Peace for granted. Although this is not an end-all solution, it can be a very important symbolic start towards Peace Establishment.

I would like to report to you on our progress up until now:

1) We had already set up the website – www.worldharmonyday.com

2) We had email to NGO, Individuals and Permanent Missions to UN to assist us in our endeavour.

3) We had sent our proposal to most of the World leaders directly.

4) We had sent our proposal to Mr. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and propose the idea of organizing a special event on 200220022002 with the support of Sony Corporation in America and the Irish Rock Group U2.
(If Sony is not interested we can approach EMI Group. In fact we had also written to them)

5) We had written to Britain Development Minister Miss Clare Short to assist us in convincing PM Tony Blair and U2 to help us in our cause.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN : Permanent Missions to the UN and NGO

26-12-2001

Calling for World Harmony Day (www.worldharmonyday.com)

On 20th February (02) 2002 at time 20:02pm (8:02pm) i.e. 200220022002

Dear Sirs and Madams,

September 11th 2001 is a day that serves as a wake up call. Yet in the wake of the terrible events of that day, worldwide disunity and tensions are mounting. How are we going to reclaim our freedom without any more bloodshed?

Thankfully time itself has provided an opportunity for the human race to come together in peace to try and resolve its current crises.

We would like to call upon the whole world to come together in groups and simply stand still for 2 minutes (2 is the number that represents harmony) and silently pray for world peace and harmony on the coming date 20 02 2002 at time 20:02pm

This gathering is a positive and peaceful mass consciousness and is very necessary for all of us to achieve personal and international peace. The specific ritual may vary from place to place and cultural preference, but the main intention is to organize a collective, worldwide collective consciousness focused on reclaiming peace and harmony in our world. We will call this “World Harmony Day” because this is exactly what we are striving for. Imagine the media following the events from country to country from 20:02hrs to 20:04hrs as they did during our Millennium celebrations.

After September 11th 2001 we must help the whole world to adopt a new mindset of caring thoughts for humanity. World Harmony Day can help achieve this as people all over the planet come together in silence to demonstrate their
desire to reclaim peace in their hearts and in our world.

How the Permanent Missions and NGOs can help to make it a reality.

1) Our proposal is calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will hold a 2 minute Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your mission’s
ability to spread the word.

2) The Permanent Mission needs to decide on a suitable main venue for this gathering. For example The Rockerfeller Centre in New York.

3) We need your cooperation and permission to place your email in our website.

4) We hope that your Mission will assist us in this great exercise. With your support and understanding we are sure to get there. If we do not receive any reply from you by New Year 2002, we will presume that you have agreed to our proposal. If your mission is not able to help, please direct us to an organization that would help us in our endeavour.

Thank you very much for helping us to make 200220022002 a reality.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN : Permanent Missions to the UN

01-01-2002

Calling for World Harmony Day
(www.worldharmonyday.com)

On 20th February (02) 2002 at time 20:02pm (8:02pm) i.e. 200220022002

Dear Sirs and Madams,

I wish you a Happy New Year. Our greatest gift to the world is to work very hard besides United Nations to achieve World Peace and I need all the help I can get from you and your country to help us spread the message of 200220022002. We the citizens of the world must reclaim our world back spiritually by praying together for 2 minutes Peace Silence on 200220022002.

The progress work up until now:

1) We had already set up the website –
www.worldharmonyday.com (launch in the middle of this month)
2) We had email to NGO to assist us in our endeavor.
3) We had sent our proposal to most of the leaders of the world directly.
4) We had sent our proposal to Mr. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and propose the idea of organizing a special event on 200220022002 with the support of Sony Corporation in America and the Irish Rock Group U2.

How the Permanent Mission can help to make it a reality.

1) Our proposal is calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will hold a 2 minute Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your mission’s ability to spread the word.

2) The Permanent Mission needs to decide on a suitable main venue for this gathering. For example The Rockerfeller Centre in New York.

3) We need your cooperation and permission to place your email in our website.

4) We hope that your Mission will assist us in this great exercise. With your support and understanding we are sure to get there. If we do not receive any reply within a week, we will presume that you have agreed to our proposal. If your mission is not able to help, please direct us to an organization that would help us in our endeavour.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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AFTER I HAD RECEIVED THE REPLY FROM UN THE LADY FROM MR KOFI ANNA OFFICE ADVISED ME TO TRY MY LUCK WITH THE EU SINCE I BELIEVED MY COUNTRY WILL NOT SUPPORT MY ENDEVOUR.

IMMEDIATELY I CALLED MR SOLANA OFFICE AND HIS SECRETARY TOLD ME THESE GUYS weRE BUSY CATCHING THE TERRORISTS. SHE SAID THAT I WAS DOING A GOOD JOB AND SHE ENCOURAGED ME TO HOST WORLD HARMONY DAY WITHOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY CANNOT DO ANYTHING ANYWAY.

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ATTN : Mr. Solana

26-11-2001

Dear Mr. Solana,

I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you due to the current situation in Afghanistan. I have developed a proposal that has the potential to become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you have the ability to be one of the “few” by helping us make this proposal work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen and the EU’s unparalleled ability to spread the word.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children – Surely one of the most fundamental tenets of the EU.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

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Letters Sent & Reply Received – UN, EU, EC, OIC, ASEAN, OAU

ATTN: Mr. Kofi Annan – United Nations,
Mr. Javier Solana – European Union,
Mr. Prodi – European Commission,
His Excellency Abdelouhed Belkeziz – OIC,
Mr. Rodolfo Severino – ASEAN,
Mr. Amara – OAU

28-01-2002

The website of 200220022002www.worldharmonyday.com

Dear Sirs,

The website World Harmony Day has been launched. We apologise for the delay of the website. We took into consideration the recent plans for a certain important event-taking place. Launching the website in tangent with the event will be symbolically significant.

Pope John Paul II called on leaders of the world’s religions to meet on 24th Jan in Assisi, Italy to “pray for peace and to work to overcome armed conflict” at what he said was “an historic moment for humanity”. This has greatly encouraged our local religious leaders to call their own meeting on 23rd of Jan. This is a positive sign that many groups and concerned individuals are taking a proactive stand in humankind.

For peace to triumph, it is important to come together as one. When we learn to live with our differences, we learn to live with tolerance. Toleration is not very great. However, it will lift the curtain on all issues that cannot be resolved as we start to have the desire to study, understand, appreciate and finally valuing diversity. When everyone embarks on that first step of tolerance, then at least there will not be any bloodshed or unnecessary deaths caused by intolerance. The universal approach of non-violence by individuals and nation states alike could only spell salvation. All 8 human race are created equal and we are unlike each other for the same reasons that all the colors of the rainbows are different.

“The wiser you are, the more you believe in equality, because the difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to all that is unknown.”– Albert Estein

We sincerely hope that all of you can help us to coordinate with your member states to take the lead in working towards making 200220022002 a reality. If your member states decide to hold a gathering, we have also prepared an “Invitation Card” on your behalf to help direct the traffic flow to the respective venue. Just email us the venue selected in each of the country and we will make the necessary arrangement on the website.

My greatest wish is to start a “Peace Chain” on 200220022002 to tie in with the promotion of the Unity Chain by UNICEF. With your commitment to this unique mission I am sure we will achieve it together.

Thank you very much for your attention and kind cooperation.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: President Jiang Ze Min

10-12-2001

Dear President Jiang Ze Min

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I was very inspired in response to the call made by the Nobel Peace Prizewinner to make a difference. I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you due to the current situation in Afghanistan.

I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace. I have developed a proposal that has the potential to become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you have the ability to be one of the “few” by helping us make this proposal work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for reading our proposal.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: President V. Putin

26-11-2001

Dear President Putin,

I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you due to the current situation in Afghanistan. I have developed a proposal that has the potential to become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you have the ability to be one of the “few” by helping us make this proposal work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN : Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir

27-11-2001

Dear Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir,

I hope you well. This might come as a slight surprise, but do you recall a woman named Siti Mariam Noor from Singapore who spoke to you when Mr. Riz Khan of CNN was interviewing you. I had asked you about the future of ASEAN and I had said you are the only leader in ASEAN whom I have great respect for. This is because you are the only leader with the guts to speak the truth. Unfortunately, when you asked me to clarify my question about ASEAN the line was cut off.

I thought that this proposal: “Calling for World Harmony Day” would be of interest to you since you are very concerned about the ramifications of the current situation in Afghanistan. I have developed a proposal that could become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero. We too have a chance to be one of the “few” if we manage to make this work. Usually proposals such as this come from the West and we in South East Asia follow. This time the initiative comes from our region but we now have to get the rest of the world to listen and follow us.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of our children.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.
Wa’ Salamm

Siti Mariam Noor

 

ATTN: Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

2-6-2002

We need your great leadership to bring peace to the world

Dear Prime Minister Mahathir,

My name is Siti Mariam Noor. I am very happy for you on your upcoming visit to the Vatican and I believe all our Muslims brothers and sisters around the world are also very happy for you. I wish you a very successful trip and an enlightening one too. The light is shining at you because Allah is with you, for a man with true faith, Allah will not leave him instead will bring glory to his name and in return glory will be with Allah through your deed. You are the chosen one to unify the world and Allah will be with you every minute of the way and so will we all.

The way you had handled the recent currency crisis in Malaysia had the West admiring you in silent. They are honoring you because now more than ever they need you to be their partner to achieve peace for the world because the Arab world holds you in high esteem for daring to speak the truth.

We are praying constantly for your good health, even a stranger (Chinese educated) I met at the coffee shop was concerned for you. He said to me, “We must pray that nothing will happen to Dr, Mahathir, because if something happen to him then we will be in trouble.” Go with faith, love and confidence because you are going to achieve peace for the world by resolving the Palestinians issue that had been the stumbling block for greater humanity.

I had written to you on 27-12-2001 on World Peace, our proposal calling for World Harmony Day – 200220022002, I had faxed it to your office at 88883932. I hope you have received it, if not you will be at a lost when I mentioned about World Harmony Day. Our website is www.worldharmonyday.com I hope you can find the time to visit it, because you will be happy and proud of us with all our work, especially the spirit that was behind me is a Malaysian. Many said that World Harmony Day success is a miracle but for us who believe in Allah it is our way to show His presence through our spirit and love for Him.

World Harmony Day calls for all nations to do their part to restore peace. It calls for everyone on the planet to do their part and simply pray for peace. With the presence of 300 folks that night at Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth, they had all spoken with one unified voice and we hope that one day soon the whole world will speak with that same voice. Our objective of World Harmony Day is to remind all of us not to take Peace for granted. Everyone has a duty to keep the world safe for the sake of future generations. By endorsing this 2-minutes Peace Silence on 200220022002, (One minute for World Peace the second minute for our Own Peace) we are sending a powerful message that we support peaceful conflict resolution and reject violence. Isn’t this the teaching of Islam?

I would like to share with you a paper written in 1998 by Hatma when he was only 27 years old. It was entitled “Pacific Rim 2010 – Pacific Rim Resurrection”.  I have taken two paragraphs from his paper for your information.

 “Pacific Rim has finally fulfilled its prophecy, after a decade of humiliation. People still remember how it had been mocked as the greatest flop at the end of the 20th century, the overtype word that turned ugly. Of course it doesn’t selfishly predominate the world by ignoring other parts of the globe. By contrary, its status as the new centre of gravity has positively stimulated and created network of million people from other region such as South Asia (India, Srilanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, Northern and astern Europe middle Asia (ex-Soviet countries), etc. Millions of job had been created, dozens new markets have flourished, the number of patents and new discoveries in science and technology have increased tremendously.”

 “Meanwhile, many new sub-culture and hybrids have emerged from Pacific Rim. The predominately America’s Pop Culture has been challenged by local “Counter-Culture” in each of the sub-region. Mandarin, English and Spanish dominate the language of the world, but more and more people are multi-lingual with at least one of the spoken language is influenced by their ethic origin. The “Pacific Culture is never been a homogeneous culture, but its very significant in form and nature. It also provides the perfect seedbed for religions and spiritual practices around the world. Islam, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others have won many believers in the Pacific Rim.”

Hatma said that many would think that the “Pacific Resurrection” is a crazy idea even ridiculous, but I disagree with this statement because I saw this vision happening right in front of me today. The ASEAN – Plus 3 is in fact the East Asia Economic Caucus, the only difference is in the name but the form, spirit and aspirations are the same. Recently China signed a free trade agreement with ASEAN and I believe with your great leadership many great ideas and deals will develop for the growth of the region. This is because everyone believes in you, will stand besides you and support all your aspirations for the region.

On the second paragraph of his paper Hatma envisaged different cultures coming together to form its own unique culture. This can be achieved especially when Malaysia has positioned itself to be the “Mecca of the East” at Cyber Jaya, with a Cultural Development and Networking Centre, the OIC Headquarters and a unique Asian United Education University. This University will be supported; guided and funded by Governments from the Muslim’s world, with top respected religious teachers from around the world under the guidance-ship of the OIC will be the first step in nurturing future Muslim scholars with the right minds of thoughts. And that is to bring peace to the world which Islam is all about. Muslim’s greeting is “May peace be upon you”, now we have to inculcate this believe into the minds of every Muslims.

Why is there a need for such a University? It is to unify all future Muslim scholars’ thoughts. This Special University must qualify all future Muslim teachers. Muslim’ teachings are not moving with time, some of them do not share the same aspirations of integrating with the “New World”. They felt threatened by the speed of progress that has endangered their culture and belief system due to their lack of understanding of how the world is moving. Love creates growth but fear breeds stagnation and this is what has been happening in the Muslim’s world. This is also the reason why many people especially from the West had this perception that Islam is a backward religion.

Sept 11 is an awakening call not only for the whole world but most importantly for the Muslim’s world. Either the Muslim’s world sit and accept the situation as it is or together as one take action to make thing right by changing the perception of what Islam is all about for the sake of our Muslim’s image in the eyes of the world. We got nothing to lose but everything to gain in the name of Allah. Through our positive action collectively we will revive the importance role of the OIC and Allah will rise through our good deed. Isn’t this the best way to serve Allah? Is He giving us the opportunity to change the perception of the world about Islam? Is Allah testing our love for Him? Are Muslims around the world ready to take this challenge and responsibility?

Tungku Abdul Rahman was the founder of OIC, so naturally the Headquarters should be in Malaysia. I envisage that in the near future Malaysia would be known as “Mecca of the East”. I also believe it is time for ASEAN and the OIC to come together to take a major role in shaping the minds of the future generations, especially what had happened after Sept 11. After Sept 11 everything is not the same. The lost of trust among one another especially between East and West is going from bad to worse. There was this tendency to identify the entire Muslim’s world as a threat. Western fear of things Muslim, stemmed, in short, from a restricted view of history and a tendency to extrapolate based on prejudice. This is very unhealthy for the whole world if peace is what we are looking for to keep the world going.

Who is going to change this perception? If not you PM Mahathir, then who in this world at this present times got the weight and authority to do the job?

As I have said Sept 11 changes everything, our way of life, thinking and our hope and aspiration for the future. We cannot be blinded or pretend not to see the human danger right in front of us today. What I see in front of me is a possible “Time Bomb”; it might explode any minute if we do not address the roots cause to the world’s problem as a world body.

How? It is not the atomic bomb that is threatening the world instead human bombs will be at every corners of the world and the most frightening part is that it can be ignited any minute without the permission of Kremlin or the White House. If that happen, then the world will be a very sad place for humanity. It will be too late for us to do anything.

Just looked at what happened to the WTC, who can believed just with a pen- knife and an airplane, with their belief and passion that they were doing God’s work, they had almost brought not only America down but the whole world as well! I don’t need to go on, I am sure you can understand my fear and concern for the world’s future. If no one come out and fix this world between the East and West especially the perception that all Muslim are terrorists, there will be no peace in the world. World Harmony Day is just the beginning, if we are serious about wanting Peace for the entire world then we need to rope in all nations to carry on this work to make the world safe for all our children.

How are we going to achieve it? By establishing a World Cultural Development and Networking Centre in Malaysia and let the future generations work and build on it. Can you imagine this organization will evolve into the stature and importance like FIFA? Malaysia is always known as a Modern Islamic State, so it will be ideal for Malaysian to take the lead to integrate “World Culture”. We can start from the World Harmony Day website, because the site will be the “Voice of the World”. It is Allah gift to us, we have to use it wisely to give a balance view for the world and our immediate task is to create awareness and understanding that “Tolerance to World Culture Diversity Equal Harmony”.

Through your great leadership, you could convince ASEAN and the OIC to focus not only on economic issues, but also to come up with creative ways to integrate social, cross-cultural and religious consciousness into ASEAN and OIC. Let us in Asia take the lead to harmonious the minds of all Muslims through education. I sincerely believe that our mission is to collect funds for education.

After Sept 11 America is giving funds to countries that help tracked down on terrorists, why not suggest to them to match dollar to dollar for education (You need to create a balance) Only through Education could we build greater understanding among nations and societies. We need in education that emphasizes on our similarities and not our differences. The best way to prevent extreme unsociable behavior based on race, religion and culture is something that needs to inculcate in schools and through formal educational institutions. This mission was first hatched many years ago when I lived in the Middle East and my first husband was from the Middle East. The events and unfolding picture of international fundamentalism following Sept 11 only served to underline the urgency of the need for such a cross-cultural education system.

You are a man of great vision with a heart ready to forgive and forget for the good of society. This is what great leadership is all about. With such qualities and attributes, you are the only leader who could elevate ASEAN and the OIC to greater heights. In the early 1990’s, you advocated the need for the Japanese support and the blessings from the West to give you the green light for EAEC. You do not need them anymore; instead they need your great leadership to bring peace to the trouble world. Your recent trip to America is proof of this. Your upcoming trip to the Vatican is another sign that the world respects your able and visionary leadership beyond national interests. You can be the mediator, facilitator and motivator in our troubled times in the region.

Through all your busy activities I hope you have the time to look into my proposal of an ASEAN House because through this project we could create the funds for education. I believe the time is ripe to pile a strong foundation for ASEAN by building an ASEAN Headquarters be named the ASEAN House in Jakarta as a regional platform that will truly represent the interests of East Asia.

ASEAN MUST INTEGRATE 

The ASEAN head of governments needs to support the building of the ASEAN House if they are serious in ASEAN’s future because there is urgency for ASEAN to fill the vacuum left by Suharto.  By building an ASEAN House to enable it to play a symbolic role similar to the United Nations, is not only piling a strong foundation for the future generations of leaders but also to help them have a sense of direction of statesmanship in the running of the Association.

 The conventional style of the pioneer leaders had not created an obstacle in the past, but due to the currency instability, the present generations of leaders has to a certain extend created disunity within the Association. If the present leaders refuse to make changes by integrating the Association, they will create an obstacle for the future generations of leaders. 

ASEAN House will be multi-functional and can generate its own income through a BOT scheme, (Built Operate & Transfer) which will make a significant contribution to ASEAN Foundation for all its programmes. Most importantly, ASEAN House will be a symbol for unity and a constant reminder to Southeast Asians to work together to achieve regional economic prosperity and spiritual developments which are keys for ASEAN’s success.

Above all, the ASEAN House will lock the ASEAN members’ destiny, to ensure a peaceful and progressive Southeast Asia because this unique house will signify the relevance of interdependence of ASEAN countries through enhanced cooperation and integration.

The Hotel Indonesia International redevelopment project is a great opportunity for ASEAN to promote the aspiration of the growth triangle. To be creative we should rope in one investor from each country, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore and convince them to implement this ideology through a business partnership. This will not only symbolize the spirit of the growth triangle but also pile the foundation of ASEAN by creating an ASEAN House.

The whole development will be on the present site of Hotel Indonesia international and Hotel Wisata. Located on a strategic downtown super-block, the masterplan is a 21st century landmark invoking quality environment, visual strengths, functionality and the balance and harmony necessary between humanity and nature.

 The proposed mix-use development will provide Jakarta with the unique opportunity to create a civic landmark destination, which combines a National Arts Center, and a business site that includes a five-star hotel, an ASEAN Headquarter, 62 floor office tower and retail altogether.

 How it all started? In 1990 I saw the vision of a Greater Asia in Kuwait when I brought the Russians to close the fire after the ‘Gulf War”. I saw the need to build a greater Asia for our survival. Since then I have been working very hard to foster the idea of creating an ASEAN House to plant our roots firmly on the ground for the sake of the future generation. With the aggressive promotion of the growth triangle in 1994, I left for Indonesia with the hope of realizing this vision at the site of Hotel Indonesia International redevelopment project in Jakarta (construction cost -US$400 million) from which I will stand to gain US$30million. The money gain will be set aside to create an ASEAN Education Fund for learning of English to support ASEAN Vision 2020.

In 1997 the project tender was called, unfortunately due to the currency crisis the project has been on hold. Whether it is a blessing in disguise I really don’t know; I believe time would reveal this. But from what I hear from the Indonesia’s authorities they said that Allah has saved this project. Suharto’s children were fighting very hard for this project. This means that I don’t have the chance.

I believe if ASEAN House is to be built one day, it is in Allah’s hand. My job is to keep on going to spread the good news for ASEAN besides creating the opportunity to achieve it. The good news is that the ASEAN’s spirit is very much alive in the minds of many ordinary folks and this gave me great happiness. It is their spirits that had kept me going.

The authority of Hotel Indonesia International were captivated by the ideology that I had presented in the masterplan, this was the main reason why I am still in the race. They tried to get me in the tender because they want to realize this great vision for ASEAN. Finally in 2000, I agreed to continue to pursue this project under one condition that it must be kept clean (They had changed a new director) Because they agreed with me, I am ready to give my life and happiness to make this dream a reality. And for eight years solid I had kept on going because I do not want to fail them for their trust in me, but Sep11 had failed all of us. I always believed everything happen for a reason.

On 6 April 2002, the tender was called again and together with Shimizu we were invited for the tender. Shimizu hope to get some money from the Japan Government to support the idea of the ASEAN House but unfortunately lately there are so much controversial in the Foreign Ministry that new rules has been implemented. UE is also participating in this project as an investor and contractor. I have submitted my proposal to Pernas, I hope they can invest in the Hotel renovation part and together with UE we could make this dream a reality. Can you please give us a helping hand?

I believe I could make a difference and most importantly I believe in the walking. ASEAN got multi talents and I want to be a contributor to ASEAN’s future because it is my future too. The future is what we make of it. It’s up to us to make our own destiny. Indirectly you had been shaping the Pacific Rim and you know that the Asia (Pacific) will only get help by themselves. Now the creation of the ASEAN Headquarter is to seal your legacy, in short it will mark the birth of EAEC. Lets us prove that we can stand on our feet again gracefully and graciously and through your great leadership, surly we will get there on a supersonic plane by establishing all the relevant institutions to achieve this aim.

 

Yours truly,

Siti Mariam Noor

NB: This project must be kept clean for the sake of all Muslims especially in Asia, because I see this project as a turning point for all Muslims around the world. This project is where Allah will shine in the eyes of the whole world.

Why? Muslims are known around the world as corrupted and by keeping this project pure without any corruption we are doing Allah proud.

How? Through this project Allah will shine through our purity in our great deed for humanity. The money gain will set aside to create an ASEAN’s Education Funds to set aside for the learning of English. The vision of ASEAN 2020 is to unite the whole region with one common language that is English.

Dear PM Mahathir, you have said that in the future every project must come out 10% to do good for the society. I am doing exactly what you have advised us to do. I had invested all my saving in this project and I am asking the investors to give 10% to ASEAN. You have said in London during a speech that “Jihad” is education, therefore the money gain must go to establish the ASEAN Education Fund. I would like this fund to be control by Malaysia and Indonesian because the main spirit behind me is a Malaysian and Indonesian.

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AS

ATTN: His Excellency Abdelouhed Belkeziz

11-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Your Excellency,

My name is Habib Greta Georges and I come from Singapore. I was very inspired in response to the call made by the Nobel Peace Prizewinners to make a difference. OIC can take the leadership role in resolving the conflicts by steering the world towards peace. I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

Our proposal is: “Calling for World Harmony Day” on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will hold 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your foundation’s ability to spread the word. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please use your vast information network to rally support far and wide in order to try and make this world a better place for all. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen. All conflict arises from misplaced desire. If there is a limit to government assistance then we as the citizens of the world have to help to achieve peace in our world and thus in our hearts.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Wa’salamm

Siti Mariam Noor.

 

ATTN : Mr.Aziz Mufti – Assisant to Sec – General Belkeziz

31-12-2001

Assalammualaikum Mr. Mufti,

The UN letter to me stated very clearly that as an individual they could not bring my proposal to UN. I need my country to do it on my behalf. Everyone knew the mentality of the Singapore government I will be just wasting my time if I try to propose 200220022002 to the authority. Therefore I had been writing to the world to spread the message of 200220022002 with the hope along the way someone might carry the mission on my behalf. It had been quite a struggle but at the same time a great happiness because along the way Allah had sent me a lot of beautiful people to help us.

Last night an unexpected phone call came while we were with the Sister Nazirah the Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia. I was on the line with my friend who is the nephew of the President of Philippines Gloria Arroyo and after hearing the vision of 200220022002 he was very excited as his birthday fall on 20 February 2002. He saw it a sign from Allah and his destiny to help us make 200220022002 a reality by convincing her Auntie to talk to PM Mahathir to take the lead in Asean and join forces with OIC to make it happen. If the western world is not with us it is not important. What are important are that we in Asia and Middle East belief in spiritually rather force to solve our problem.

For all the world’s greatness and democracy, there is not a way great enough or democratic enough to stop people from starving to death much less stop killing each other. A civilized society that doesn’t know how to solve conflicts in a non- violence way, instead killing one other because of difference in opinions has proven a society that has not evolved. We have to show the world that we in Asia and Middle East had evolved by making 200200022002 a reality. This will be our stamp that we will not use violence for whatever reason.

How are we going to address the root causes of violence and build a culture of peace and hope for our future generations? Through Voices of New Asia, a website that we had established, could pave the way to prepare a new era for our youths of today and tomorrow to work hand in hand with the government to provides them the opportunity to interact constructively. At the same time inculcate a shared responsibility in building a better world, this will instill much pride in our youths that are the building blocks of our society. A growth of government is not necessary when there is a growth of consciousness among the youths. Voices of New Asia will be the powerhouse to spread our vision and mission of life secrets to happiness.

I believe it is time for Asean and OIC to come together to take a major role in shaping the minds of the future generations, especially after Sept 11 through education. 200220022002, a perfect day to bring the spirit of Asean and OIC together by praying for Peace. Asean and OIC should not just focus on economic, after Sept 11 it is very necessary to come up with creative ways to integrate social and religious consciousness into Asean and OIC.

The youth especially the Muslim’s youths has to understand that in order to survive we have to link up with the world economic whether we like it or not, if not we will be left behind. No one like change but change is inevitable if we need to progress. What we can do as individual is to work hard to maintain our tradition and values as we flow with the crowd. It is easy said than done, but by defying changes and use force to make a stand is bringing disaster not only to oneself but also to the entire world as happen recently in Afghanistan. Is that how our youth of the New World going to evolve in the 21st century?

There is so much work waiting for us to do. We must keep our spirit up for the sake of our children’s children. Now I pass the ball to you Mr. Mufti, I beg of you to help us to convince your boss to carry the torch on behalf of the whole world. It will be great if you can call PM Mahathir directly. My Sister Nazirah who is the Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore will be leaving here for good back to Malaysia and she promised me she would do her best to convince her boss to carry this mission together with OIC and OAU.

Thank you very much for your attention.
Wa’salamm

Siti Mariam Noor

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Letters Sent & Reply Received – President Chirac & Prime Minister Jospin

France1

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ATTN: President Chirac & Prime Minister Jospin

19-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Sirs,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I was very inspired in response to the call made by Nobel Peace Prizewinners to make a difference. Mr. Colin Archer from international Peace Bureau from Geneva believes that all the NGO with the Governments can take the leadership role in resolving the conflicts by steering the world towards Peace.

I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large and small groups to hold a 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your government’s ability to spread the word. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen.

I do realize that both of you must truly be a very busy men therefore I thank you for your precious time.

Thank you very much for your attention.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

France

Reply Letter

ATTN: Monsieur Hubert Vedrine

28-01-2002

Dear Monsieur Vedrine,

My daughter and I were very delighted to receive the letter dated on 09-01-2002. We thank you very much for the reply.

Our greatest gift to the world is to work very hard besides United Nations to achieve World Peace. Since the conception of World Harmony Day on 11-11-2001, my daughter and I had not stop a minute in our pursued to make 200220022002 a reality.

I would like to let you know our progress work so far:

1) We had already set up the website –
www.worldharmonyday.com (Launch on 24)

2) We had email to NGO and Permanent Missions to assist us in our endeavour.

3) We had sent our proposal to most of the leaders of the world directly.

4) We had sent our proposal to Mr. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and propose the idea of organizing a special event on 200220022002 with the support of Sony Corporation in America and the Irish Rock Group U2.

I hope that France could do something special on 200220022002.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

 

France2

Reply Letter

ATTN: President Chirac

12-02-2002

Dear President Chirac,

We are very happy to receive your letter of encouragement and support for World Harmony Day on 200220022002. We hope France can observe a 2 minutes Peace Silence on that day by blocking the media.

The letters we had received made our journey sweeter although it is still a struggle. When we embarked on this mission we did not begin with very high hopes that we could really make this day a reality, but then the momentum took off.

Suntec called us to host the event at the Fountain of Wealth free of charge. They believed since I had already gone so far why not complete this journey by hosting the event at their premise. In fact it is total madness for me to try to pull through such a huge event with only two weeks left to work on. With the grace from God, we believed we must give our best short as such opportunity comes only once in a lifetime.

Suntec tried very hard to convince me to change the date to give them more time to do a great job and to invite local VIP to attract the crowd. I refused to change the date not because I was stubborn but because it must be symbolic. Although we could not get VIP on board Suntec is still willing to allow us to host the show because Suntec’s boss believed in our vision and mission. All you need in life is for ONE to believe in you and success will follow shortly.

I got a great feeling this night is going to be an interesting and memorable evening especially with your spirit with us. The ceremony will start at Singapore time 7.30pm with three speakers and the 2 minutes Peace Silence will begin at 8.02 – 8.04pm with all the light off except the candles for 2 minutes. Rojo from Madagascar will sing a song and the all-different race band conducted by Mr. Rick Smith will entertain the crowd with music for half and hour.

I hope that you like our program and observe the 2 minutes Peace Silence wherever you are with your family.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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Letters Sent & Reply Received – PM Tony Blair

England

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ATTN: PM Tony Blair

19-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Sirs,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I was very inspired in response to the call made by Nobel Peace Prizewinners to make a difference. Mr. Colin Archer from international Peace Bureau from Geneva believes that all the NGO with the Governments can take the leadership role in resolving the conflicts by steering the world towards Peace.

I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large and small groups to hold a 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your government’s ability to spread the word. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please lend your voice and the weight of your good offices to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen.

I do realize that both of you must truly be a very busy men therefore I thank you for your precious time.

Thank you very much for your attention.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

Reply Letter

ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

28-01-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

My daughter and I were very delighted to receive your letter dated on 09-01-2002. We thank you very much for your reply. Your letter is an inspiration and it motivates us to carry on this struggle with total dedication and happiness, especially knowing that you had heard our voice.

When I called the British Embassy in Singapore, Miss Susan said, ” You can’t do it alone, you have to get the UN to carry the torch”. I told her that was exactly what I am going to do, by getting all the contacts and write to all the world leaders with the hope that someone out there will believe in this mission and bring it up to the UN. When I called the European Union, I realized everyone was so busy and I could feel the tension. I know it is not fair of me to push the matter too far because the first priority is the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Mr. Solana secretary was so sweet; she told me she had sent my proposal to all the European States. She asked me to keep up the good work. That is exactly what I had been doing.

Our greatest gift to the world is to work very hard besides United Nations to achieve World Peace. Since the conception of World Harmony Day on 11-11-2001, my daughter and I had not stop a minute in our pursued to make 200220022002 a reality.

I would like to let you know our progress work so far:

1) We had already set up the website –
www.worldharmonyday.com (Launch on 24)

2) We had email to NGO and Permanent Missions to assist us in our endeavour.

3) We had sent our proposal to most of the leaders of the world directly.

4) We had sent our proposal to Mr. Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and propose the idea of organizing a special event on 200220022002 with the support of Sony Corporation in America and the Irish Rock Group U2.

I hope that in Britain you could do something special on 200220022002.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

17-5-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

On the 10-5-2002 I had sent a letter of congratulation to President Jacques Chirac for winning the presidency of France. Attached was a proposal I had sent to Mr. Mandelson in 1998. The subject was the Millennium Dome, and at those times was quite a controversy due to it high cost and objective in building the Dome.

I hope that after going through the Millennium Dome concept proposal you understand my concern in the area of identity. The creation of the Millennium Dome was a unique opportunity for Britain to lead Europe by instilling the ideology that there was a need to integrate World Cultures. There is a great need to elevate architecture to a higher level, whereby it can play the role of nation building. I thought it would be ideal to turn the Millennium Dome into a center for World Culture Development. The New Europe needs this Center badly after what had happened in Holland. The death of Mr. Pim Fortuyn was a tragic event that should not be repeated again. In fact, it should be a great awakening for the whole world that human relationship developments should not be allowed to run on its own course but need a helping hand from the world communities to constantly monitoring it as we progress with time.

I shivered when I read what Mr. Pim Fortuyn had said about Islam. He said that Islam separates people and more frightening is that I believe there are silent majorities who agreed with him. How are we going to address this issue that Islam is not an enemy to the modern world but people perception of what Islam is, is the real culprit? His view is that Islam is an anti-secular and backward culture. How are we going to convince the native that’s not what Islam is all about because Islam is about Peace? It is human nature that when they felt threatened by what they do not know or understand, they will react in a negative way. The book he had written entitled “Against The Islamisation Of Our Culture” is not very helpful too, especially when we need the community of different groups to live in peace and harmony.

Against the darkness that is in the world, we must retaliate with light and bring out the unbiased picture of multi-ethnicity and Islam as a religion, instead of going back into the boxes. Being converts to a religion is a choice of will that you can translate to the world. With the atrocities of terrorism it has only served to tarnish the name of Islam. Changing minds and attitudes and educating the public about the true Islamic spirit is one of the goals. To promote racial peace and harmony between all the citizens of the world, Europe and the world cannot sit and watch and wait for another Sept 11 before they take action as a whole to address this so important issue of identity, which touches on cultures and roots?

I do not really have a solid solution but only a rough idea how to go about achieving this major problem of how to keep one identity as we progress. All I know is that there must be dialogue to keep people talking and later work on it by creating a conducive environment to help bring a better understanding among all the races in the country.

I see you as the great leader who will leave behind a legacy that everyone will thank you for many generations to come. You are the driving force for the world by maintaining a balance between America and Europe. Without your great leadership to balance the world power, many will suffer including the people like me, at this end of the world, because the world is smaller and smaller but unfortunately, we are further and further apart in ideology and beliefs of how this world should evolved. (I do not need to elaborate you know what I am talking about)

So please don’t underestimate your importance in this trouble world. We in the Far East do need your great leadership to steer the world to the right direction of peace and prosperity for everyone. And peace and prosperity need the World Culture to be integrated. How are we going to achieve this great and yet impossible goal?

I hope you will be the catalytic to bring a new thinking to all your European partners by creating an open forum in Europe to touch on the topic of “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony”. Make this the priority of the European Union for stability for the region. If this can be achieved, it will create awareness besides showing your great leadership for the New Europe. This action I believe will stir the ground and might create a lot of interaction among the European countries and the world at large. Education is the key to bring better understanding to the hearts and minds of the people.

I am just an ordinary person and I felt I don’t have the cloud or right to speak on matter so huge like integrating World Cultures, but my subconscious compel me to bring out my inner thoughts with the hope that it will contribute constructively to society. Thank you for allowing me to give my views and opinions and if in any way I cross the line, please forgive me for my ignorance.

 

Yours truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN: Prime Minister Tony Blair

3-11-2002

Dear Prime Minister Blair,

Thank you very much for your reply dated on 23-10-2002. I am so glad no decision has been made about the military action being taken against Iraq because if any action is taken without the approval of the UN, I swear to God Almighty, I will offer my life to you and President Bush to appease both your desire to see blood.

After reading my concept proposal for the Millennium Dome and the letter dated on 17-5-2002 (which I did not sent to you) you must know that I held you in high esteem. I prayed for you to be the Prime Minister for Britain because I knew deep in my heart you would give a lot of yourself to uplift your people welfares. But I was so disappointed in you when you joint hands with President Bush to bomb Iraq. I will not forgive you if ever Iraq will be bomb not because I love Saddam Hussein but because I care for the innocence that are caught in between all these total madness. Just put yourself in their shoes and you will know what I am talking about. By the way, these wise words are from the west, “To kill a mocking bird”.

Britain will excel to greater heights depend on your immediate action on the “War on Iraq”. What kind of a leader you going to be will not be determined by the people at large but by the way you see the New World and how you envisage the future world should evolve. If you see the future world will be rule with love, then your immediate action is to convince President Bush to change his mind in regards to the “War on Iraq”.

In order to have a breakthrough, you must ask yourself these very important questions. How are you going to help the natives to accept a New Britain? How are you going to implement this ideology that “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony “or even taking a step further, idealistically integrates World Cultures? I believed it is through education, by promoting awareness and the need to have an open mind by accepting one another for who they are.

By integrating the nation’s various ethnic groups through the awareness that “Tolerance of World Culture Diversity Equals Harmony” is your very first and important step in the direction of achieving peace and harmony not only for Britain but the whole world as well. Britain is already an example for the world as it showcases how various ethnic groups can live together side by side in peace and harmony for so many decades. Therefore the creation of the Millennium Dome was a unique opportunity for Britain to lead Europe by instilling the ideology that there was a need to integrate World Culture. As long as the seed is sown in the heart, even without the Dome you could achieve this objective by creating a special department or Ministry to look into this area – cultures developments.

I have no right to give you my views or opinions as an outsider how Europe should evolve under the “New World Order”. I am writing to you to share my concern about the growing fear of the western world that other cultures are eroding the native culture. In Germany, Britain, and Austria and of course, France, there is legitimate concern that their culture will be swamped or the politics fundamentally altered by unfettered immigration. It would be difficult for you to reject these immigrants as they have already planted their roots on your land they call ‘home’.

The Straits Times (dated 29-7-2000, Saturday) reported that according to a document drawn up for discussion by the group’s ministers, “Europe will need 75 million immigrants over the next 50 years and to become a racially hybrid society”. This simply means single ethnicity will rapidly disappear and every country will eventually be multi ethnic, thus multi cultural. I do not need to elaborate, as you know this is already a reality in Britain and many parts of Europe. For this reason, difficulties in governing the country may arise if the people refuse to acknowledge this growing trend as a fact of life.

“Where there is genuine vision, people excel and learn, not because they are told to, but because they want to” Peter M. Senge.

I strongly believe true success come from the people besides the government taking the lead. By inviting the people to participate in the future development of the country, you are building a bond and trust with the people. Isn’t this what great leadership is all about – caring for humanity and not just for your people?

 

Yours truly,
Sunflower Chong

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Letters Sent & Reply Received – Prime Minister Helen Clark

New Zealand

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ATTN: Prime Minister Helen Clark

17-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Prime Minister Clark,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I was very inspired in response to the call made by Nobel Peace Prizewinners to make a difference. Mr. Colin Archer from international Peace Bureau from Geneva believes that all the NGO with the Governments can take the leadership role in resolving the conflicts by steering the world towards Peace.

I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

Pope John Paul II. has also called for a world for peace next year 2002. I had written to him that I too would also join his hand to ensure peace is here to stay for all our children.

Our proposal is calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large and small groups to hold a 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your government’s ability to spread the word. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please use your vast information network to rally support far and wide in order to try and make this world a better place for all. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen. All conflict arises from misplaced desire. If there is a limit to government assistance then we as the citizens of the world have to help to achieve peace in our world and thus in our hearts.

Thank you very much for your attention.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

Reply Letter

ATTN : Prime Minister Helen Clark

28-01-2002

Dear Prime Minister Clark,

My daughter and I were very delighted to receive your letter dated on 19-12-2001. We thank you very much from the bottom of our heart for your attention in our endeavour.

The UN letter to me stated very clearly that as an individual they could not bring my proposal to UN. Which mean I need my country to do it on my behalf. Unfortunately, I do not have any response. Therefore I had been writing to the world leaders to spread the message of 200220022002, with the hope along the way someone might carry the mission on our behalf. This mission had been quite a struggle but at the same time it gave us great happiness because along the journey, we met a lot of beautiful people who was inspired to help us in our cause.

Our greatest gift to the world is to work very hard besides United Nations to achieve World Peace. Since the conception of World Harmony Day on 11-11-2001, my daughter and I had not stop a minute in our pursued to make 200220022002 a reality.

I would like to let you know our progress work so far:

1) We had already set up the website –
www.worldharmonyday.com (Launch on 24)

2) We had email to NGO and Permanent Missions to assist us in our endeavour.

3) We had sent our proposal to most of the leaders of the world directly.

4) We had sent our proposal to Mr Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and propose the idea of organizing a special event on 200220022002 with the support of Sony Corporation in America and the Irish Rock Group U2.

I hope that in New Zealand you could do something special on 200220022002.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

New Zealand1

 

Reply Letter

ATTN: Prime Minister Helen Clark

04-02-2002

Dear Prime Minister Clark,

We were so excited to receive your marked priority mail on the 2nd Jan. On behalf of my team, I thank you very much for the quick reply. With this letter of “Hope” it gives us the gut and confidence to call upon Coca-Cola to sponsor World Harmony Day on 200220022002.

Our mission for World Harmony Day is also about achieving “Inner Peace”. In short, it is about harmony, 2 represent Earth to Heaven and Heaven and Earth.

Coca-Cola launched “Heaven and Earth” in 1999. It is a great opportunity for Coca-Cola to promote their drink on World Harmony Day. In short, World Harmony Day is meant for “Heaven and Earth” and vice versa. It is perfect timing, I have to work doubly hard to convince them to join our hand for this good cause.

I have suggested to Coca-Cola that for every “Heaven and Earth” drink sold, a certain percentage will go to the funds for education because after you save a child, you still need to give him education to fence for himself.

I also suggested to them to make this project an annual affair just like the “Terry Fox Run” and let Coca-Cola make it their pet project to promote Peace. I have convinced them that it is a great promotion for Coca-Cola worldwide.

I had also written to UNICEF to sell the idea to Coca-Cola and convince them to sponsor World Harmony Day -200220022002. Since they are already sponsoring the Unity Chain, I believe it will not cost them very much to include the Peace Chain to their program. I had already sent all my proposal to the authority of Coca-Cola in the Singapore’s office.

We need a lot of innovative ideas to help Mr. Kofi Annan in his pursued to make UN credible. We all must stand besides him body, mind and soul to build a better world.

Thank you for your attention and kind cooperation

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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I CALLED THE POPE OFFICE AND FINALLY A BISHOP PICKED UP THE PHONE. TO CUT THE STORY SHORT HE TOLD ME THE POPE RECEIVED 6000 MAILS A DAY SO HE ADVISED ME NOT TO WASTE MY TIME INSTEAD UN WILL BE THE RIGHT BODY TO CHAMPION MY CAUSE – WORLD HARMONY DAY.

I TOLD HIM SINCE THE POPE WAS GATHERING ALL THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THE WORLD TO PRAY FOR PEACE WHICH IS GOOD BUT WE NEED A SOLUTION AND I BELIEVE WHD WILL BE AN IDEAL PLATFORM TO CHAMPION SUCH A CAUSE OF PEACE, HARMONY AND UNITY.

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ATTN: Pope John Paul ll

23-11-2001

Dear Pope John Paul,

You have called for World Peace Summit next year 2002. I too would like to join your hand to ensure peace is here to stay for all our children.

I have an idea that can also help to unite the world. Next year, time itself will grant us all a unique opportunity to make a unified call for world harmony. I’m sure you will agree that it is significant that this moment should arrive now. I hope that after you have read my proposal you will feel encouraged to take it on. Your sincerity and faith is strong, and this proposal would serve as a powerful launch platform for your own initiative; the proposed world peace summit.

We have sent this to Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir, Mr. Nelson Mandela, President of Russia V. Putin, the Mayor of New York, Mr. Mike Bloomberg, Miss Oprah Winfrey, the United Nations and the European Union.

I hope that you will see its potential as making a milestone in the history of peace making.

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN : Mr Nelson Mandela

28-11-2001

Dear Mr. Mandela,

I was very touched by your autobiography. It gave me a sense of great hope for humanity. You are my idol and the reason why I am so committed to this project that I want to share with you.

I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you due to the current situation in Afghanistan. I have developed a proposal that has the potential to become a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you have the ability to be one of the “few” by helping us make this proposal work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen.

Please lend your voice to help restore harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN : Ms Oprah Winfrey

26-11-2001

Dear Ms Oprah,

You are a woman who represents love and compassion. Your beliefs and dedication are about serving humanity.

I thought that this proposal calling for World harmony Day would be of interest to you. It has become a cliche to say that since Sept 11th, the world has changed. However, you have the power to create even greater, positive change to help build a brighter future by the weight of who you are to spread the word. I have come up with a proposal that will be able to have a significant milestone in the history of peace making.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you too could be one of the “few” who does make a difference if we can manage to make this work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen. Through your show you can rally support far and wide in order to try and make this a better place for all our children.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore we thank you for taking the time to read our proposal.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Mr Michael Bloomberg

26-11-2001

Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

Congratulations on becoming the New York’s Mayor-Elect.

I thought that this proposal; calling for World Harmony Day would be of interest to you. It has become a cliche to say that since Sept 11th, the world has changed. However, you have the power to create even greater, positive change to help build a brighter future not only for all New Yorkers but the world at large.

“We all die but few of us really live.”

This line has been attributed to a Scots national hero and you too could be one of the “few” who does make a difference if we can manage to make this work. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that it CAN actually happen and the weight of your offices to spread the word.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore we thank you for taking the time to read our proposal.

 

Yours Truly
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN: Mr. Michael Bloomberg

26-12-2001

200220022002 is in the power of your hands

Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

I pray for the world that the 21st century will be remembered for 2 things and 2 people: Bloomberg & 200220022002 and Mr. Mike Bloomberg & the Irish rock group U2. After the 2 minutes silence on 20th Feb (02) 2002 at 20:02, the developed world will come to the realization that what the developing world really needs is assistance in education to build understanding and awareness.

The world is focused on Afghanistan right now and the mood is one of seeking justice and aid. If the partnership between Bloomberg and U2 can materialize in support of 200220022002, 2 main objectives can be realized: Firstly the whole world’s spirit will be up-lifted, and secondly: The Afghan people will be truly on the road to recovery.

You are the right person in the right place and at the right time to lift this mission. With the recent events in New York, as the Mayor of New York in 2002, Bloomberg can be the official media to change the world for the better and the power is in your hands sir to make it happen. To synchronize with 2002, U2, your good self and your media company will be perfect partners, because U2 will be ready to launch their new album, why not on 200220022002?

Billy Gillman song “One Voice” will be ideal to grace this occasion. We had sent our proposal to Sony. I hope it will reach the big boss.

The only reason that we have gone so far is because of the good spirits that are flowing with us. The world’s spirits will surely flow as you take your place as the Mayor of New York.

We wish you a Happy New Year.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Mr Samuelsson Bengt – Chairman of Nobel Foundation.

11-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Sir,

For your reference below in italics there is a copy of a fax I sent you on (10-12-2001 at 9:20 your time)

I would just like to further add that should your organization care to help us promote this Calling for “World Harmony Day” on 20th Feb (02) 2002 at 20:02pm we would be more than willing to call the action, The Nobel World Peace Silence.

It is the Nobel centenary and for a man who did so much to strive for peace, having this international action named after him would be a very fitting testament.

Please give our proposal your kind consideration.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

 

ATTN: Mr Samuelsson, Bengt – Chairman
            : Mr Storch, Marcus – Deputy Chairman

09-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Sirs,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I was truly inspired by your special feature program on CNN “In Pursuit for Peace”. In response to the call by the Nobel Peace Prizewinners, I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

Our proposal is: “Calling for World Harmony Day” on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will hold 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your foundation’s ability to spread the word. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

Please use your vast information network to rally support far and wide in order to try and make this world a better place for all. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen .All conflict arises from misplaced desire. If there is a limit to government assistance then we as the citizens of the world have to help to achieve peace in our world and thus in our hearts.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Miss Clare Short – Britain Development Minister

26-12-2001

We need your help to reach U2 on our behalf

Dear Miss Short,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. I read on the Internet that Bono, U2’s frontman, called on Britain and America to lead a war against Third World poverty and disease as a memorial to the 3,000 people killed in the September 11 atrocities. This plea came as the star teamed up with your good self at the launch of a New World Health Organisation report in London.

Almost everyone on the planet is very concerned with the recent developments in our world. I am one of these worried souls and I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large and small groups to hold a 2-minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your country’s ability to spread the word.

I am taking this opportunity to beg you to help us to send our proposal to U2. It is a matter of urgency that they receive it as soon as possible. We have already sent it to Bono but it is not a very direct connection.

The success of the mission in Afghanistan was in large part due to British policy makers and Special Forces, and of course, the very proactive leadership of Prime Minister Tony Blair. We hope Britain can also play a part in making World Harmony Day a reality.

I thank you very much for your kind attention.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Mr Howard Stringer & Mr Kenji Kitatani (SONY)

27-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Sirs,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I come from Singapore. While I was busy working on the Internet, I saw Billy Gillman’s face appeared in front of me. My daughter told me that he is the kid who sang ‘One Voice’. Immediately I got a connection and I know I had to share with you our mission for World Peace.

Almost everyone on the planet is very concerned with the recent developments in our world. I am one of these worried souls and I would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the entire world and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large and small groups to hold a 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your company can take the leadership role in resolving the conflicts by steering the world towards peace.

In response to this tragedy, Sony Corporation had already contributed US$4 million to relief organization that are working so heroically in rescue and recovery efforts. As you had said that Sony will not be slowed in their efforts to assist in the recovery effort and comfort those who lost a loved one in the September 11 bombing.

On this part of the continent we hope Sony can play a bigger role to restore harmony to our world by hosting a special event in New York city and Beijing on 200220022002 to commemorate the day by launching a new song in English and Chinese dedicated to Peace. Not only do we need Sony to comfort us, what the whole world needs is for Sony to restore a sense of hope and security by helping us make 200220022002 a reality.

This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action through Sony contributions to world peace.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Mr. Bono – U2

26-12-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands

Dear Mr. Bono,

My name is Sunflower Chong and I am from Singapore. Your passion for the eradication of Third World Debt and other worthy causes is well known and I believe that the world needs you now more than ever.

We are answering your call when you mentioned that “the world needs to be tempered with compassion and understanding or we risk being blinded to the crises in other parts of the world.”

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will come together in large groups to hold a 2-minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality.

This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your ability to spread the word.

In an interview with The Sun’s (UK) Dominic Mohan, you shared the news that the band is already back in the studio working on new songs. U2 can take the leadership role in helping the world not only in reducing third world debts but also by giving hope to the world through their new album music by steering the world towards peace.

One of our aspirations is that U2 will choose back our idea inspired by time itself and support ‘World Harmony Day” on 200220022002. Maybe you could even think about a song to help commemorate this day. After the 2 minutes Peace Silence (2 represents harmony), the whole world will hear U2 (U2 represent unity and harmony) carry the unforgettable new tune singing for peace.

Please lend your voice and the weight of U2’s support to help restore unity and harmony to our world for our sake and more importantly, for the sake of all our children. Let’s make February 20th a day that serves to remind us that peace can be achieved through positive action.

I do realize that you must truly be a very busy man therefore I thank you for your precious time.

 

Yours Truly,
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN : Miss Jody Williams – ICBL

17-12-2001

Dear Miss Williams,

In response to the call made by the Nobel Peace Prizewinners to make a difference on the CNN program “In Pursuit of Peace”. We would like to share a great idea that can help to shift the collective consciousness of the international community of nations and possibly become a significant step to restoring peace.

We have already suggested to the Nobel Foundation that we could actually rename “World Harmony Day” to “The Nobel World Peace Silence”. It is the Nobel centenary and for a man who did so much to strive for peace, naming this international action after him would be a very fitting testament to his achievement. The exercise would be significantly strengthened if it were backed by the 24 Nobel peace laureates – an exercise that dove-tales perfectly with the cause propounded Mr. Colin Archer, Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau.

Dynamic civilizations rise and grow because they can continually adapt to the ever-changing tide of situations the world presents. Strategies and ideas are therefore the engines of civilizations. Humankind now possesses more communications power than ever to generate and convey new ideas and yet we choose to stagnate in the same mindless, violent strategies that we have employed since we first evolved.

Now, more than ever, humankind needs new ideas and strategies to save
itself from itself. Fear breeds stagnation and love creates growth.

The implementation of “World Harmony Day” is by no means an end all solution to the escalating violence but rather an uplifting start as the world unites with one collective voice with an action that needs no words to make its point. It will be a voice so loud that world governing bodies will have to
listen. As Mr. Kofi Annan said,”To save one life was to save humanity
Itself”.

When CNN’s Anchorman Mr. Jonathan Mann interviewed Mr. Kofi Annan in the programme “Prize for Peace”, he mentioned that when Mr. Kofi Annan is upset, he becomes even more silent than he already is. Therefore, we can emulate this cool level-headedness as a silent power connecting with the world. This worldwide silence can be the catalyst for a redirection of the world’s ‘future history’ and a concerted reconsideration of the age-old manner in which we resolve conflicts: Violence.

Whether we choose love over fear depends on our joint efforts to make
“World Harmony Day” a reality. All it needs is your belief and support
that it CAN happen and World Harmony Day will undoubtedly hatch a
renewed sense of hope to a world that has had its confidence shaken to
the very core.

 

Yours truly
Sunflower Chong

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ATTN: Mr.R. K. Singh – CEO

28-11-2001

Change the world for the better: The power is in your hands
Dear Friends of the world,

Pope John Paul ll. has called for a world summit for peace next year 2002. I had written to him that I too would like to join his hand. I hope you too would also join his hand to ensure peace is here to stay for all our children.

I would like to share a great idea with you that my mother, the monk and I have to bring a sense of calm and peace to the world.

Our proposal is; calling for World Harmony Day on 20 February 2002 at time 20:02pm. A time when people all around the world will hold 2 minutes Peace Silence. It will be a great challenge for all of us to make 200220022002 a reality. All it needs is your belief that this CAN actually happen and your company’s ability to spread the word.

Please use your vast information network to rally support far and wide in order to try and make this world a better place for all. This event could very well become a milestone in the history of peace making simply because you cared enough to make it happen.

Thank you very much for your attention.

 

Yours Truly
Greta Georges

NB: Would appreciate if you could pass this paper to the other stations.

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