RAUB: All right-thinking Malaysians should stand up for moderation so that the country will continue to enjoy peace and prosperity, Pahang MCA deputy chairman Tan Sri Lam Kam Sang said.
Lam said by choosing to remain quiet, right wing groups and those with extreme views were having a field day asserting their influence.
“This is not a healthy situation and should be properly addressed by the authorities.
“In this regard, we applauded the stand taken by the group of 25 who come together and speak their minds,” he said after attending a Goods and Services Tax (GST) briefing session organised by Raub MCA division recently.
Also present were Pahang Wanita MCA chief Datuk Lim Nget Yoon and former assemblyman Datuk Chan Choon Fah.
Lam, who is also the division chief and Pahang Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry chairman, urged the people to remain united in the face of challenging political, social and economic climate.
He said in a multi-racial and multi-religious country, there was bound to be differing of views and opinions in all issues.
“However, the right course to take was the middle path so that ties among the people of all races would not be adversely affected.
“If the majority choose to remain silent, then the voices of the extremists would remain stronger and not augurs well for the nation,” he stressed.
Lam said the people must look at issues at its entirety and not based soley on race or religion.
He said there must be room for discourse and if the need arises, hold regular dialogues and engage one another for the benefit of all.
“No one party is right all the time. We must think positively, be rational and not pit one against the other,” he said.
On the GST, Lam said the business community should brace themselves for a challenging year with the implementation scheduled to start in April 1 and the drop in global oil prices.
He said it was difficult to predict and businesses might be slightly affected but was confident it would pick up gradually.
Recently, 25 prominent Malays had jointly penned an open letter, urging the Government to start a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in the country’s constitutional democracy.
The group comprised mostly former top civil servants, ambassadors, academicians and civil rights activists.
Eleven more personalities have joined the group in making a stand against extreme racial and religious views.