PM PAYS TRIB­UTE TO CHI­NESE COM­MU­NITY

Na­jib lauds their role and con­tri­bu­tion to na­tion-build­ing

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - ES­THER LAN­DAU KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, in his Chi­nese New Year mes­sage, paid trib­ute to the coun­try’s Chi­nese com­mu­nity and its role in na­tion-build­ing.

Malaysia’s mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety, he said, had played a key role in bring­ing the na­tion to where it was to­day.

“In­deed, Malaysia is home to many, and they had played an im­por­tant role in build­ing this great na­tion, es­pe­cially our Chi­nese brothers and sis­ters as fel­low sons and daugh­ters of Malaysia. Their tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion is ev­i­dent in every part of the coun­try, be it cul­tur­ally or eco­nom­i­cally.

“To this end, my heart­felt grat­i­tude goes to the role played by all Chi­nese Malaysians in na­tion-build­ing since in­de­pen­dence,” he wrote in his blog, na­ji­brazak.com.

Na­jib said re­li­gious and cul­tural fes­ti­vals in Malaysia had be­come joy­ous oc­ca­sions, not just for cer­tain seg­ments of so­ci­ety, but were cel­e­brated by all.

“As we bid adieu to the Year of the Rooster and pre­pare to usher in the Year of the Dog, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish ev­ery­one a happy and pros­per­ous new year.

“This is an im­por­tant cel­e­bra­tion for the Chi­nese com­mu­nity with thou­sands of years of his­tory, a cel­e­bra­tion so rich in tra­di­tion that be­gins with the jour­ney back home for the all-im­por­tant re­union din­ner with the el­derly and fam­ily mem­bers on the eve of the New Year. Great em­pha­sis is placed on the tra­di­tion of re­union dur­ing this fes­tive pe­riod as it con­tin­ues to im­bue and cul­ti­vate not just the val­ues of fil­ial piety and re­spect in the next gen­er­a­tion, but also strength­ens the re­la­tion­ship and bond of one with friends and fam­ily.”

He said the tra­di­tion of re­union had been prac­tised from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion for thou­sands of years and was a re­spectable cus­tom.

It sym­bol­ised the con­cept of com­ing to­gether as one.

Na­jib said the cel­e­bra­tion was a re­minder of the many cul­tures and faiths that made Malaysians who they were. The vast ar­ray of tra­di­tions and per­spec­tives, he said, was a melt­ing pot that made Malaysians unique, fresh and dy­namic.

“But, I be­lieve it has been in­grained in us since in­de­pen­dence.

“We live har­mo­niously as one, re­gard­less of race and creed. It has be­come a way of life and this bond be­tween us is what I be­lieve to be the true spirit of 1Malaysia.”

Na­jib ex­pressed his com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that no Malaysians would be left be­hind. He said fu­ture gen­er­a­tions would be bet­ter and the na­tion would grow stronger to­gether as one.

“I hope that this Year of the Dog will bring pros­per­ity and good health to you and your fam­i­lies, and may we con­tinue to be proud and com­mit­ted to Ne­garaku, a coun­try that we love. Xin Nian Kuai Le!” he said.

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