THE spirit of unity and harmony should be maintained without prejudice at Christmastime, just like at other major festivals, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pic).
“This is for the future development of the state and nation. In the spirit of Christmas, it is hoped that the people of Penang will continue to live in harmony and peace.
“At the same time, it is my hope that the state’s development plans, especially in the area of infra-
structure like the implementation of Penang Transport Master Plan, can be carried out successfully for the expansion of the state’s economy, ” he said in his Christmas 2019 message.
Chow said to celebrate and support diversity, the state government had allocated RM2.5mil for the establishment of Penang Harmony Centre, which has the potential of becoming a community space for various religious activities, thus fostering love and promoting harmony among the various races and religions in the state.
“Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, during his recent visit advised Penangites to live in harmony and set an example of a multiracial state whose citizens live well together.
“We will strive to ensure that all the outcomes of the state’s development would benefit the people while promoting the spirit of unity and tolerance as practised so far.
“These include the implementation of welfare programmes, providing a good level of education, fight for gender equality, living in a green and healthy environment without neglecting the values of the existing heritage and enhancing the development of human and youth capital as a whole, ” he said.
Chow thanked Penangites for the consistent support towards the state.