Soi Lek: Build bridges, not walls

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Sep 2010

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should not let themselves be trapped by religious bigotry, hatred or suspicion, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

“Racism, jealousy and religious bigotry has no place for a nation like Malaysia that is fast progressing. Let us not place a spanner into the spinning wheel,” he said in his Hari Raya message.

Extending a warm wish to Malaysians celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Dr Chua said other than the joy of attending the traditional open houses, it was also the time to end any prejudices.

Instead, he called on Malaysians to repair and build bridges of understanding, co-operation, mutual trust and enhancing the catalyst of strength for the nation.

“As we rejoice, it is also time to reflect on our achievements, weaknesses and strengths to better understand our pursuits,” he said.

Dr Chua added that after a month of fasting and abstinence during the holy Ramadan period, it was time for Malaysians to join their Muslim friends and neighbours to usher in the festivity.

“We see the coming together of all Malay­sians as colleagues, friends and families, and sharing food on the same table, having fun and laughter.

“This is a clear manifestation of what 1Malaysia is all about.

“We should make it a culture that every day should be such and not only during each festivity.

“If we can foster such rapport during this period of time, there is no stopping us from continuing with such a philosophy and understanding,” he said.

Dr Chua called on Malaysians to draw strength from our diversity “to see things as one, and to play, eat and work as one family.”

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