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It's time for Malaysian Chinese to stop practising burning paper money ceremony for their ancestors.

This is old traditional practice influenced by Confucianism, it has nothing to do with the teachings in the Buddhism and Taoism. Burning paper money is tantamount to polluting air and releasing more C02.

Our parents may still believe burning paper money practice can give them a better after-life, but new generations should be smart enough to reject such superficial ritual. I will prevent anyone to burn paper money and any paper offerings to me after I passing away one day.

There is no point to pretend we are filial sons/daughters after our parents passing away. Sorry to say many people have not bother to take care and look after their aging parents when they are still alive.

Taiwanese told to worship online to help environment

(AFP) – 1 day ago

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s government on Friday urged the public to stop burning incense sticks and ritual money in honour of the dead and opt instead for online worshipping to better protect the environment.

The call came ahead of Monday’s Tomb Sweeping Festival, when ethnic Chinese traditionally visit the graves of their ancestors to burn incense and paper offerings.

The practice not only worsens the island’s air pollution but could also cause fires, warned the cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration.

“We can now choose to pay homage to our ancestors in a modern and environmentally friendly way by worshipping online or donating the money meant for the offerings to charities,” it said in a statement.

Taiwan has vowed to cut its greenhouse gases to 2008 levels by 2020.

Studies have found that burning paper money releases a large amount of carbon dioxide, one of the main gases held responsible for global climate change.

Other substances released when paper money is burned include benzene, methylbenzene and ethylbenzene — which can cause cancer and other diseases.

The practice originated in Taoism, whose followers believe burning paper money — and everything from paper cars to paper Viagra — will ensure their dead ancestors are comfortable in the after-life.

Environmental agencies have also offered to collect the paper money from households and temples to burn in state incinerators that can treat the exhaust.

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