MALACCA: Moderation is the way forward for Malaysia if it is to achieve its goal of becoming a high-income nation, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The MCA president said the peace and harmony enjoyed by all Malaysians was not obtained easily, and the situation needed to be safeguarded by all to ensure continuity.
“The stability and peace we are enjoying now did not fall from the sky.
“Moderation is the key to ensure there is always peace and harmony among the country’s diverse communities,” he said in his speech when launching the Sam Tiong Keng Temple’s new entrance arch and administration building in Semabok here on Friday night.
Liow, who is the Transport Minister, urged the people to stand firm in rejecting all sorts of extremism, be it in action or words.
“We must be wary of those trying to push their narrow or personal agenda, which ought to be rejected entirely to ensure continuous stability,” he added.
At a charity concert and fundraising dinner for SJKC Chung Hua Klang held at SJKC Chee Wen in Subang Jaya yesterday evening, Liow presented a RM4mil allocation to SJKC Chung Hua’s expansion committee chairman Datuk Ng Kee Leen.
The fund is in aid of an RM15mil project to add an eight-storey block with 50 classrooms and a multi-purpose building comprising a hall and six badminton courts for the school
Liow, who visited the school three years ago, said he was impressed with the beauty of the existing SJKC Chung Hua.
He said Chinese education was an important asset for the community, not only in learning the language but also passing on its culture and good values.
He said MCA would continue with its efforts to ensure the continuous growth of Chinese education in the country.