KUALA LUMPUR: The private and public sectors are encouraged to initiate 1Malaysia Christmas gatherings to further reinforce the meaning of multi-culturalism.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the people should continue to strive towards the betterment of all Malaysians by joining hands and maintaining a happy nation that was not fraught with the evils of bigotry and prejudices.
“In the tradition of Malaysian spirit, it will be good to hold open houses and, by all means, invite your friends and colleagues of other races to your homes so they can rejoice together with your family.
“It is this great strength of Malaysia; that we can bond together as one which makes us different from other nations which are struggling with internal strife,” Dr Chua said in his Christmas Day message yesterday.
It was also timely, he said to be appreciative of the peace, political stability and economic well-being of the country, which would not be possible without the concerted effort of all Malaysians in exercising restrain, tolerance and goodwill.
“To help realise a better Malaysia, let us live life to love, help and care for others.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Government will always protect the interests of all communities, including the freedom to practise one’s religion.
In wishing all Malaysians a joyous Christmas, he said mutual respect and understanding among the people of diverse origins is what holds the nation together.
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