PETALING JAYA: Malaysia continues to practise openness and tolerance among the various races that come together as a multicultural society, said China’s ambassador Bai Tian.
He said one example is the Hari Raya gatherings, where people of different backgrounds unite to celebrate the event in the spirit of friendship.
“During the Hari Raya celebrations, I attended open houses hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Prime Minister and friends from the Malay community.
“I saw people of different races come together to celebrate the events.
“This has given me a better view of the diversity of culture and tolerance in Malaysia,” Bai Tian said when met at the Embassy’s Hari Raya open house event.
The ambassador noted that this year marked his second time celebrating Hari Raya in Malaysia and that he enjoyed the hospitality and camaraderie.
“During the Hari Raya period, the Muslims will invite their relatives and close friends to their open houses.
“They also visit one another and help those who are in need by giving them love, care and hope,” added Bai Tian.
He said China also had Muslims and various multiracial groups who lived together in harmony.
“We also have almost 23 million Muslims in China who perform their religious duties and celebrate Hari Raya, much like in Malaysia,” Bai Tian added.