PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s economic growth can only prosper by moving away from policies promoting racial or religious hostility, says Lim Guan Eng.
In a Christmas greeting, the Finance Minister urged Malaysians to unite and reject racists and religious extremists to ensure economic growth.
"Should these racists and religious extremists succeed, Malaysia would face not just ruin and deprivation, but our children’s future would also be destroyed. We can only succeed by working together tobe stronger together.
"Our challenge is to improve the economic welfare of the rakyat, especially the lower-income groups in the B40," said Lim.
He added that a "clean government and CAT administration of competency, accountability and transparency" has enabled some savings of RM1.6 billion at the end of the year.
"Let us do more next year together."
Meanwhile, his father Lim Kit Siang echoed his sentiments and urged Malaysians to build Malaysia into a "top nation" where Malaysians and accept and celebrate their diversities of faith.
"Let us celebrate this first Christmas after the historic decision on May 9, 2018 to bring about a peaceful and democratic transition of power in the six decades of Malaysian history," said Lim on Monday (Dec 24)
"Even better , let us fulfil our destiny to be a world top-class nation in various fields of human endeavour, including becoming among the world’s top nations where there is peace, tolerance, acceptance and co-existence among the diverse religions in the country," said the DAP advisor.
He also touched upon Opposition leaders who have warned Muslims not to post Christmas greetings on social media, labelling them as "extremists and un-Malaysian".
"All the great religions in the world share common values of love, truth, justice, compassion and community and we should celebrate the diversity of faiths in Malaysia with their respective Golden Rules, instead of inciting distrust, hate and fear among Malaysians with diverse faiths.
"I agree with Bersatu President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that these people will forever be the Opposition," he said.
Both father and son wished all Malaysians a Merry Christmas.
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