Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - In a letter to newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote:
"I would like to congratulate you on the historic victory of your Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition in the national elections and on your becoming Prime Minister once more. The votes of the people have brought about change and demonstrated how well rooted democracy is in Malaysia.
"I have fond memories of my visit to Malaysia in 1982 and I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that these days I meet many Malaysian friends who come to India on pilgrimage. I appreciate the interest and support many of them show for my efforts to encourage the cultivation of fundamental human values such as compassion, as well as the promotion of harmony among our religious traditions."
His Holiness wished Dr. Mahathir every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Malaysia.