Change for the better, Ong tells Chinese community


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Aug 2004

KLANG: The Chinese community must make constant efforts to discard unhealthy traits and improve themselves to face the fast changing world, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. 

He said the unhealthy traits would include self-centredness, pettiness, heartlessness and small-mindedness. 

“We must be honest in admitting our shortcomings and brave enough to make changes. 

“There is always room for improvement despite having done well in various areas in the past,” he said at the Klang Hokkien Association’s 100th anniversary dinner here on Sunday.  

Ong said the community had proven its ability to cope under the most stressful situation by keeping to the virtues taught by their forefathers, like resilience, patience, hard work and filial piety. 

Nevertheless, Ong added: “Mastering all the knowledge in the world would be of no benefit to humanity if one’s character is tainted by negative traits”  

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