The 60th Anniversary of President Ikeda’s Inauguration as Third Soka Gakkai President Commemorative Chanting Meeting

03 May 2020

On May 3, 2020, SGM held “The 60th Anniversary of President Ikeda’s Inauguration as Soka Gakkai President Commemorative Online Meeting” which was attended by some 1,000 leaders around the country, of which some 70 percent were youth. The participants also celebrated May 3 Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers Day.

In the meeting, SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai read out SGI President Ikeda’s congratulatory oral message and three waka poems, wishing that all members enjoy victorious lives.

Greater KL young men’s division (YMD) leader Khoo Koon Hoe then read out the latest essay published by President Ikeda. President Ikeda mentioned the spirit and significance of May 3, and encouraged the members to overcome their adversity through compassion, philosophy, and the world foremost unity, eventually raising the light of hope among humanity.

Emcee of the meeting Young Men's Division Chief Tan Jun Kong and Young Women's Division Chief Magdelyn Choo

The meeting also showed a video of Soka Gakkai president Minoru Harada reading his congratulatory message. He urged the members to open up a century of peace based on President Ikeda’s first step for worldwide kosen-rufu, taken to show that it was possible to transform our karma. Another video commemorating the 55th anniversary of President Ikeda’s inauguration as president was also shown.

Following that, SGM future division leader Siow Yoon Kee, SGM young women’s student division vice-leader Cheang Yee Mun made activity reports, and together with SGM youth division leader Andrew Looi, they announced new determinations. 

SGM women’s division (WD) leader May Chan spoke on how the members have striven for kosen-rufu and was determined to appreciate each and every person so that they too can gain happiness. Together with all WD members, she was also determined to repay her gratitude to President Ikeda and take actions to live up to his expectations. 

General Director Koh Sia Feai Women's Division Chief May Chan

Meanwhile, Mr Koh spoke on President Ikeda’s eternal vow and how he dedicated his life to kosen-rufu. He mentioned how President Ikeda has overcome all challenges and actualised the spirit of mentor and disciple for the past 60 years since his inauguration as third Soka Gakkai president. Mr Koh stated that our mentor has truly demonstrated that every person has infinite potential in their lives. He also urged the members to work harder in strengthening their bonds with the mentor.

Later, all participants sang a new organisational song named “Step Forward”, renewing their determinations.

After the meeting, YMD leader Charlie Goh Chek Li said that he will inherit President Ikeda’s spirit and courage, always advancing towards realising the mentor’s wishes. Meanwhile, Nickson Lee Yong Hong, also from the YMD, said that he is determined even further to work alongside his mentor and with other YMD members, to make breakthroughs in SGM’s shakubuku movement.

Koay Shir Jin from the young women’s division was determined to continuously encourage people just like President Ikeda, and that she will create value in her life with the spirit of the oneness of mentor and disciple. High school division member Nicole Tan said that from this day onwards, she will strive hard to overcome all obstacles in the future.

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