PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on Malaysians to listen to the voice of reason and to each other’s views so that everyone can continue to enjoy the racial harmony we have in the country.
The Prime Minister said that in Malaysia’s cultural melting pot, one must also act sensibly, respect the rules of law and be sensitive towards other people’s beliefs.
“We must uphold the unity and racial harmony that we have enjoyed so far,” he said in his Chinese New Year message posted on his blog www.1malaysia.com.my.
“We owe it to the nation to reject any form of threat, violence or any other act of extremism that could strain the harmonious relationship enjoyed by the various races,” he said.
Najib also expressed his appreciation to the Chinese community for their contributions towards nation-building since Independence.
He said the transformation programmes, which the Government had put in place, needed support from all walks of life, including the Chinese who were known for their entrepreneurial skills.
Najib said a host of initiatives were being undertaken to improve the people’s livelihood, among them BR1M, KR1M and Ops Harga to mitigate the pinch of global inflationary forces.
“There are also ongoing consultative meetings and discussions that focus solely on addressing the issue of easing the rakyat’s burden.
“(However), our efforts will go asunder without the people’s support.
“Together, we must remain resilient in the face of economic challenges to sustain stability and progress for our future generation,” said Najib.
His deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in his Chinese New Year message, also spoke about the need to maintain unity and harmony among multi-racial Malaysians, adding that the key to today’s peace was tolerance.
He said that all communities, including the Chinese, would want Malaysia to achieve its aim of becoming a developed and high-income nation by 2020.
“Therefore, it is important for all races to maintain the unity and harmony that we have been enjoying thus far.
“We must all work hard together to build a 1Malaysia based on mutual trust,” said Muhyiddin.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the fact that all races were free to embrace their beliefs proved that Malaysians were tolerant of each other.
“Malaysia will remain a peaceful nation if the people continue to be tolerant, understanding and respectful of each other.”
Leaders call for Malaysians to stay united during CNY