Unite to develop Malaysia Baharu






A ‘little’ act 
of devotion: Sharon Low, 34, showing toddler daughter Lee Cheng En how to perform the ritual of bathing Buddha during a visit to the Sri Cempaka Buddhist Temple in Petaling Jaya for Wesak Day. 
— SAM THAM/The Star

A ‘little’ act of devotion: Sharon Low, 34, showing toddler daughter Lee Cheng En how to perform the ritual of bathing Buddha during a visit to the Sri Cempaka Buddhist Temple in Petaling Jaya for Wesak Day. — SAM THAM/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail called on the people to come together and develop Malaysia Baharu as the process takes time and cannot be achieved overnight.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Malaysia Baharu that was being formed would be the result of cooperation by every Malaysian and rejection of all forms of religious and racial extremism.

“Malaysia Baharu is about us together. That is the formula of our Malaysia.

“I pray that the formula can be continued and strengthened,” she said in her message in conjunction with Wesak Day.

Dr Wan Azizah said that since it had only been a year, it was too short a period for the people to see the changes brought about by Pakatan Harapan, compared with the previous government which was in power for 61 years.

“All of you took your frustration to the ballot box and made history by changing the government for the first time ever since Malaysia achieved independence.

“I understand your hopes are high and the change desired is expected to be achieved fast,” she said.

Wishing Buddhists a Happy Wesak Day, Dr Wan Azizah also prayed that all Malaysians could set aside their differences for the good of the general population.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said this Wesak Day was an opportunity for Malaysians to reflect on the path they had taken in the past year and to chart their way towards a more harmonious, prosperous and inclusive Malaysian society.

“The government will pursue inclusive growth in line with the principles of ‘Shared Prosperity’ to ensure prosperity for all,” he said.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the universal teaching and message from Buddhism was about moderation, compassion and love that ought to be followed by Malaysians living in a multi-ethnic society.

“In our efforts to create a national society that is fair, equitable and independent, it’s important for us to understand these messages so that we don’t fall off track.

“At the same time, any call towards hate and backwardness has to be challenged and curbed as soon as possible,” he said, adding that the country should not be allowed to go up in flames of racial hate and destroy everything that Malaysians had worked for. —Bernama

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