PETALING JAYA: Leaders from across the political divide wished the rakyat a happy Malaysia Day and called for unity to be strengthened among the various races in the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail shared her Malaysia Day video wish on Facebook.
“Like the generations before us, we face many challenges which are massive and complex. Among them is the issue of harmony in a country that has many ethnicities, cultures and religions.
“There will be extremist parties who will stoke racial tension for their own interests and there are those who try to divide the country.
“We will not allow Malaysians to be swayed by this, we will do our best to ensure that our unity remains solid and strong, ” she said.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tweeted pictures of his arrival in Kuching yesterday to attend the national-level Malaysia Day celebration.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Malaysians to strengthen the spirit of unity and mutual respect to weather the challenges ahead.
“What we need to emphasise is greater cooperation, mutual respect regardless of race or ethnicity, and forging closer ties to build a more successful Malaysia, ” he said.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Sept 16,1963 was an important date in the country’s history.
“While we are smothered and stifled by racial rhetoric and suspicion, let us celebrate this day by reflecting on the meaning of diversity, inclusiveness and harmony we have been enjoying all this while.
“The best future is a future for all, without excluding or sidelining anyone. Happy Malaysia Day!” he tweeted.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took to Facebook to wish Malaysians a happy Malaysia Day.
“May we celebrate Malaysia Day together through a national spirit of unity, ” he said.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also reminded the rakyat of the importance to continue contributing to the nation.
“Brothers, our responsibility as Malaysians is massive. We need to keep striving for our generation, and the generations to come. This is our country, ” he said on Facebook.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong urged all Malaysians to love the country and to move forward to better it.
In a message on Facebook which he wrote in Bahasa Malaysia, he said: “Saya sayang Malaysia. Anda sayang Malaysia. Dia sayang Malaysia. Kita semua sayang Malaysia. Semoga Malaysia terus maju, harmoni dan sejahtera selamanya. Selamat Hari Malaysia!”
(“I love Malaysia. You love Malaysia. He loves Malaysia. We all love Malaysia. May Malaysia continue to progress, to be harmonious and prosperous forever. Happy Malaysia Day!”)