KUALA LUMPUR: As Malaysians come together to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri today, Barisan Nasional leaders called on the people to stand united and continue to foster a stronger bond and understanding with each other.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia has been successful in nurturing the spirit of Bangsa Malaysia.
“However, this strength and uniqueness is the envy of foreigners. This is our challenge, some are trying their level best to break the bonds of unity among the people,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the people should remain positive and fend off all issues raised by the foreign media.
“We must not mortgage our sovereignty and independence. As a leader, I urge all Malaysians to be together as a force in the defence of the nation.
“The people’s trust in the Government over the years will be realised effectively,” he said, urging the people to keep strengthening brotherhood in the country’s plural society.
He also called on the people to come together to celebrate Hari Raya in an atmosphere of goodwill among family, relatives and friends, regardless of religion, culture and colour.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that each year, Malaysians of various races would unite in a strong brotherhood, regardless of race and religion.
“This is truly the speciality of our country,” he said in his Hari Raya greeting.
“This festive season symbolises harmony, happiness and holiness.
“Hopefully, Syawal this year will bring blessings to all. Be careful on the road and rest when necessary. I wish all Muslims in Malaysia Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” Liow said.
The Transport Minister urged Malaysians to strengthen ties and enhance friendships with one another so as to enjoy peace and understanding.
“MCA is committed to supporting the progressive and moderate efforts led by Barisan Nasional to create a successful Malaysia for the people.
“Barisan has proven its record with a peaceful and progressive administration, as well as by opposing all kinds of attempts to split the people,” Liow said.
MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam wants all Malaysians to continue the tradition of visiting open houses to build strong and lasting links, and to promote goodwill among themselves.
He said the diversity of the races, coupled with such values as mutual understanding and respect, and love for one another, made Malaysia strong and well respected by the rest of the world.
The Health Minister also reminded the people to eat healthily during the festivities. — Bernama