History of SGM
|Commonwealth Games (1998)|
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), whose members are located throughout the country, was established in 1984.
SGM was then known as Persatuan Buddhist Nichiren Shoshu Malaysia (NSM). The founding members were the six existing organisations of Persatuan Buddhist Nichiren Shoshu Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Perak and Penang. In order to unite together Nichiren Buddhist believers throughout Malaysia, the members of these six organisations decided in 1987 to dissolve their organisations and join NSM as individual members.
Branches of NSM were then established in the various states of Malaysia. One of the significant results of the formation of this central body was the construction of the SGM Culture Centre, which was completed in 1988.
In line with the underlying role of SGM in the development of positive human values of its members through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and endorsing its identity as a fully Buddhist laity organisation, the name of Persatuan Buddhist Nichiren Shoshu Malaysia was changed to Malaysia Buddhist Soka Gakkai Association (SGM) in 1991. Most of the laity Nichiren Buddhist organisations throughout the world had incorporated the words “Soka Gakkai” in the names of their organisations. The word “soka” is the Japanese word for “value creation” while “gakkai” means society.
Culture centres were built or purchased in the various states in Malaysia, to provide the members in each of the states, a venue to congregate and carry out their activities. By the year 2005, every state except for Perlis has a SGM culture centre.
The year 2001 saw the completion of Wisma Kebudayaan SGM in Kuala Lumpur. This culture centre has facilities for the hosting of exhibitions, seminars and performances.
|Buddhist study meet in 1970s.|
Early Years (1965-1983)
Nichiren Buddhism was first introduced to the shores of Malaysia in 1964. The number of practitioners gradually expanded. In time, the practitioners decided to register as an official association in order to facilitate the running of activities. The first to emerge was in Penang, in 1971. Soon after, practitioners in other states followed suit, to register a state-based association.
Consolidation (1984 – 1987)
On June 15th 1984, approval was obtained from the Registrar of Societies to set up a national organisation, which at that time was registered as Malaysia Buddhist Nichiren Shoshu Association. [Subsequently the organisation changed its name to Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in 1991].
Development (1988 – 2000)
At the start of 1988, the NSM Culture Centre was opened as the headquarters. In 1991, NSM formally changed its name to Malaysia Buddhist Soka Gakkai Association (or SGM in short) after obtaining approval from the Registrar of Society. This change reflected the organisation’s identity as a fully Buddhist lay organisation. With this, SGM has more vigorously pursued its promotion of social engagement. SGM members made efforts to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the country as good citizens.
Within this period, the Tadika Seri Soka (TSS) was opened in December 1994. This was an important development in SGM’s efforts to promote the ideals and practice of humanistic education. Children from various races study at the kindergarten, with more than half of those children enrolled being non-SGM members.
|SEA Games (1989)|
|Opening of Tadika Seri Soka (1994)|
Expansion (2001 – 2010)
SGM’s movement for peace, culture and education expanded further in society, strengthened by the completion of several more culture centres throughout the country. SGM has moved towards actualising the purpose for which these culture centres were built – they are starting points for promoting peace and friendship in the community. Activities on culture and arts, education and peace in each state have intensified and diversified after the completion of the culture centres.
Opening of States Culture Centres
SGM Penang Culture Centre 1976-08-08
Kuala Lumpur Culture Centre 1984-12-08
SGM Culture Centre 1988-01-23
SGM Terengganu Culture Centre 1998-03-06
SGM Selangor Culture Centre 1998-04-26
SGM Kedah Culture Centre 1998-12-26
SGM Negeri Sembilan Culture Centre 2000-07-22
SGM Kelantan Culture Centre 2000-08-18
SGM Perak Culture Centre 2001-02-18
SGM Johor Culture Centre 2001-03-17
SGM Sarawak Culture Centre 2001-10-20
SGM Sabah Culture Centre 2001-12-29
SGM Melaka Culture Centre 2002-04-20
SGM Bukit Tambun Culture Centre 2002-06-08
SGM Pahang Culture Centre 2005-08-21
|SGM Culture Centre (Cheras)|