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Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 7:36:32 AM

Safeguard what we have achieved, Liow tells Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians need to look further into social justice and human rights, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said Malaysia – with a melange of races, cultures, traditions and religions – had achieved a social equilibrium and developed its own unique form of social justice.

“We must safeguard what has served us well and make refinements to suit our changing times,” Liow said in his New Year message.

Social justice includes economic empowerment, racial and religious freedoms and the right to education.

“Rising costs are a global reality and Malaysia is not spared from this.

“The Government should implement measures to reduce the burden of the people.

“We also hope to see controlled government expenditure, reduction of wastages, and elimination of unfair and opportunistic trade practices,” Liow said, adding that emphasis should be given to the enhancement of productivity and the increase of the gross national income.

He said MCA would implement programmes to assist the community in these challenging times.

“Another year has come and gone and Malaysians have much to be grateful for, albeit the setbacks and grouses.

“We have witnessed a surge in political awareness among the populace. As leaders, we have to undertake a paradigm shift to continue to contribute effectively to the nation.”

In this new year, Liow said MCA would fight for equitable policies, the elimination of corrupt practices and stand strong in its mission for national unity and constructive political engagement.

“MCA is rejuvenated and will chart a new course. We have a young, vibrant and talented team that will face all challenges head-on,” he added.

As the second largest party in Barisan Nasional, Liow said it was paramount that MCA’s transformation programmes take root and expand to enhance the co-operation and power-sharing formula that had brought Malaysia thus far.

“May I remind one and all that we have to learn from the past, to perform in the present, to create hope for the future,” he said.

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