SERDANG: The Malaysian Chinese community has been regarded as one of the key components to the success of the country, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the Chinese community in the country had always been known for their grit, hard work and perseverance, citing past examples such as the contributions of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy.
“I admire your spirit of ‘never say no’ to a challenge and how much effort you are willing to put in to turn things around for the better,” he said.
“I believe that in the next 10 years, the Malaysian Chinese will continue to be one of the key groups that will bring the country to greater success.”
The text of his speech was read out by president of Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia Datuk Seri Erwan Mohd Tahir during the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall (KLCAH) 13th anniversary gala dinner at Wisma Huazong here last night.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Chinese community was important to the country, as shown by the work done by KLCAH, not just with the Chinese community but other races in the country as a whole.
“I look forward to working hand-in-hand with KLCAH to improve the socio-economic conditions, culture, education and welfare of the people of Kuala Lumpur.
“Kuala Lumpur is the heart of the country. If there is one place in Malaysia that will drive innovation in economy and welfare, it is Kuala Lumpur,” he added.
KLCAH, he said, also understood the needs of the Chinese community and that the Government was prepared to listen to its suggestions and opinions.
During the dinner, Dr Ahmad Zahid also made a RM100,000 contribution to KLCAH to help finance its activities.
The anniversary dinner was also attended by KLCAH president Datuk K.K. Chai, Mozambique’s honorary consul in Malaysia Datuk Seri Nelson Kwok and Chinese embassy in Malaysia’s counsellor for consular affairs Gong Chun Sen.
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