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M'sia's leaders call for unity during CNY
Publication Date : 31-01-2014
Malaysia's state and political leaders have called for unity to prevail and religious harmony to be strengthened during the festivities despite recent tensions.
Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman said Malaysia stands proud as a melting pot of people from diverse backgrounds.
“We find strength in diversity and I call upon all to spread goodwill and be kind to one another.
“Unity and harmony are our pillars of progress and growth,” Musa stressed in his Chinese New Year message.
Musa called on Malaysians living in Sabah not to be involved in any action that could incite tension, as there was “no room” for racial bigotry and religious discord in the state.
“Despite best efforts to maintain unity, we still face issues that are related to the different faiths and races in this country,” he added.
Right-wing People's Progressive Party (PPP) president M. Kayveas said Chinese New Year was a time for Malaysians to strengthen their relationship with one another.
“The peace and harmony enjoyed by the country should be further nurtured, valued and preserved for the future generations.
“According to the Chinese calendar, there is a belief that it (the Year of the Horse) will bring good luck and speedy success.
“I wish that the year will bring good luck and for all to have peace, progress and prosperity,” said Kayveas, who urged all to join in the celebrations.
Selangor Mentri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said great benefits could be gained from the various cultural celebrations.
“The unity between races should not be questioned. Coming together to celebrate the respective festivities will help foster greater understanding, tolerance and appreciation among all races.”
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng believed that Penang could prove that social harmony is best achieved through celebrating each other’s differences and not depriving or oppressing one another’s rights.
“Let us prove that economic prosperity can best be achieved by giving all equal opportunities, integrity in leadership and sustainable development,” he added.
The state government, he said, strived to preach pragmatism in the Year of the Horse and would seek practical solutions that could broaden opportunities for the young and strengthen the presence of women.