PM PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHINESE COMMUNITY
Najib lauds their role and contribution to nation-building
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.