PETALING JAYA: In a Christmas message to Malaysians, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on everyone to sow the seeds of compassion.
A 30-second video message posted on his Twitter account showed the Prime Minister in a casual pink shirt, wishing Malaysians Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
“In conjunction with the Christmas celebrations, we should inculcate the values of compassion between us.
“Let us close the curtains on 2017 with a thousand sweetness and wait for the new year with determination,” he said.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in his season’s greeting said values of harmony and tolerance must be remembered.
“Just as Christmas is a time for sincerity, kindness and forgiveness, let us come together to sow seeds of harmony and acceptance of one another,” he said, adding these values are the foundations to the country’s progress.
“Regardless of background, race or creed, we as rakyat have grown up through the years participating in each other’s diverse festivities.
“Our multiculturalism is a hallmark of our Malaysian-ness, and it is important that we never allow ourselves to take this for granted,” said Liow in a statement yesterday.
The MCA president also hopes Malaysians will enjoy the festivities and embrace the sense of togetherness from their celebrations with loved ones. He wished those travelling during the holiday season a safe journey.
“Do practise safe driving habits, obey road laws, and be sure to take breaks when necessary,” he said.
The message of harmony and unity during the festive season is also shared by Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
“Inspired by Christmas, we should focus more on shared values and integration within our diverse society.
“We ought to restore compassion, tolerance and civility in our public discourse. Distorted narratives that seek to inflame rather than heal must be rejected completely,” said the Gerakan president in a press statement yesterday.
He said Christmas celebrations are proof of the country’s racial and religious diversity, and added that freedom of religion will continue to be upheld in Malaysia.
“Our appreciation for peace and harmony as evoked during the festive season should be embraced as a permanent mainstay in our daily lives,” he said.