KUCHING: Malaysians should use festive occasions to strengthen the bonds of friendship, inter-racial and inter-religious harmony in the true spirit of 1Malaysia, says National Unity Consultative Council deputy chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said this Hari Raya was all the more significant in terms of improving inter-ethnic relations in the wake of the disturbing Low Yat Plaza incident when a theft was given a racial slant.
“Malaysia is unique in that the festive occasion of one ethnic group is also celebrated by other ethnic groups, making our festive occasions truly multiracial in character.
“Building understanding and respect among various religions based on the provisions in the Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara is the key to peace and harmony in a multi-racial and multi-religious country like Malaysia,” he said in a statement.
“The intermingling of the various races during festivities helps to reinforce goodwill, unity and racial harmony in this multiracial country of ours. This is vitally important as it promotes integration and unity in diversity.”
Lee said Malaysians should use every opportunity to strengthen unity through greater interaction with one another, as national unity was the key to Malaysia’s success.
“Every Malaysian should be fully committed to preserving harmony, goodwill and unity. Relentless efforts must be made by everyone to promote a culture of peace, harmony and unity,” he said.
He also said racial harmony and unity must never be taken for granted.
As such, he said, all Malaysians must be totally committed to the principle of moderation and uphold inter-racial understanding and acceptance.
“Let us all embrace our differences and respect our diversity. We must make moderation and unity in diversity a cornerstone in nation-building and a hallmark in our national life.
“Everyone has a role to play by giving greater emphasis to social cohesion, moderation and unity instead of perpetrating any incendiary act inimical to racial or religious harmony in our multi-racial nation,” he said.