KUALA LUMPUR: The country can rise once again as the “Asian Tiger” if Malaysians unite to help develop the economy, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic).
“I am confident that the unity of the people can help us achieve sustainable economic development to be shared with all Malaysians.
“Let us show that Malaysians can rise again so that the country can be known as an Asian economic tiger,” he said at the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia’s (NCCIM) Chinese New Year open house here yesterday.
Lim also said open houses, such as those held during the Chinese New Year, reflected the harmony among Malaysians.
“It is this inter-racial goodwill that is promoted by the Pakatan Harapan government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Pakatan represents all Malaysians, all religions, all races and all states,” he said.
Speaking to reporters later, NCCIM president Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap said he remained “carefully optimistic” about the economy due to the current global challenges, including the unresolved China-US trade war.
“The country has good economic foundations, especially the financial system which is strong and intact. We should be able to sail through this (economic challenges),” he said.
Ter said institutional reforms and the plan to set up a body similar to the previous National Economic Action Council augured well for the nation’s economic well-being.
He said it was also crucial for the government and private sector to work together to implement short-, mid- and long-term measures to further boost the economy.