Chi­nese gather to show pa­tri­o­tism

Large turnout re­flects com­mu­nity’s loy­alty, says PM

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Day was cel­e­brated in a spe­cial and sig­nif­i­cant way by the Chi­nese com­mu­nity who came to­gether to show their pa­tri­o­tism and love for the coun­try.

Thou­sands of peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­nity – from po­lit­i­cal fig­ures to grass­roots lead­ers, to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, prom­i­nent busi­ness­men as well as stu­dents – at­tended the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Pa­tri­otic Assem­bly at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre, or­gan­ised by MCA.

This is the first time such a gath­er­ing has been or­gan­ised.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak, who was the guest of hon­our, was vis­i­bly pleased with the large turnout, say­ing that given the theme and the num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing, there was no ques­tion about the com­mu­nity’s com­mit­ment and love for the coun­try.

“Not only do we recog­nise your con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try, the pres­ence of thou­sands here at PWTC to­day is a clear sign of your loy­alty towards Malaysia,” he said to loud cheers from the au­di­ence.

Among those present were MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Barisan Na­sional sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor, Ger­akan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party pres­i­dent Datuk Teo Chee Kang and Sarawak United Peo­ples’ Party pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

The Prime Min­is­ter said all races, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese, had a hand in the suc­cess and progress of Malaysia, adding that for the coun­try to con­tinue to pros­per, this spirit of co­op­er­a­tion must go on.

“There is no doubt that what we have achieved is be­cause of the co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing among all races – the Alis, Ah Kaus and Muthus who have worked hand in hand, shoul­der to shoul­der as cit­i­zens of this coun­try,” he said.

Aware of what the com­mu­nity yearns for, Na­jib said the Chi­nese wanted eco­nomic wealth and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, but he pointed out that to achieve this re­quires peace, har­mony and sta­bil­ity.

“You also need a gov­ern­ment that is fair to you. If there is no peace and har­mony, the Chi­nese would be the first to be tar­geted.

“That is why the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing peace and se­cu­rity, har­mony and mu­tual re­spect.

“We are ag­gres­sive in our fight against ex­trem­ism and IS (Is­lamic State) be­cause we want to make sure no one in this coun­try, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese, will be harmed, ” he added.

The Prime Min­is­ter said while the com­mu­nity is known for their hard work and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit, he pointed out that hav­ing a gov­ern­ment that “opens doors” for them was an ad­van­tage.

“You look at the list of the top 10 rich­est in­di­vid­u­als in Malaysia. Some­where along the line, par­tic­u­larly in the early pe­riod, the key was given to them by the gov­ern­ment led by Umno. We gave them op­por­tu­ni­ties; we want the com­mu­nity to suc­ceed.”

Na­jib said a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the com­mu­nity is needed in the administration.

As it is now, only 6% of the Barisan law­mak­ers are rep­re­sent­ing the Chi­nese in Par­lia­ment.

“This is too few. We need the num­bers to go up. This is a multi-racial coun­try and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the gov­ern­ment must re­flect this,” he said.

Urg­ing the Chi­nese com­mu­nity not to fall for the Op­po­si­tion’s pro­pa­ganda, the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to bring­ing more progress and pros­per­ity for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“The Op­po­si­tion’s slo­gan ‘ini kali lah’ (this time) should be re­sponded with ‘ tak payahlah’ (no need). The Barisan gov­ern­ment, the gov­ern­ment which I lead as your ‘shou xi­ang’ (Man­darin for Prime Min­is­ter), will con­tinue with our mod­er­ate and pro­gres­sive poli­cies,” he said.

Also at the event were Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysia Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tions pres­i­dent Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, for­mer MCA deputy pres­i­dent Tun Michael Chen, Jiao Zong or United Chi­nese School Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia rep­re­sen­ta­tives and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous prom­i­nent Chi­nese NGOs.

Show of

strength: Na­jib join­ing Liow and oth­ers at the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Pa­tri­otic Assem­bly at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, in cel­e­bra­tion of Malaysia Day. — Ber­nama

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