KOTA KINABALU: Open your door to visitors and take time to call on family and friends during the coming festive season, says the Malaysia Consumers Foundation for East Malaysia.
Its chairman David Chan said the practice of visiting each other during Christmas and holding open houses should be continued.
“This will foster closer ties among the community and promote unity among Malaysians of all races and religions, ” he said.
Chan advised those who are leaving their home for the holidays to inform neighbours and the police for extra protection.
“We should work together as one community to ensure that our properties are safe and that we will have a peaceful and happy Christmas, ” he said.
He urged those who have the means to remember the less fortunate and be generous in giving alms.
Chan also urged traders not to simply hike up prices of goods or pack expired items into hampers and gift packs.
“Sometimes when we buy hampers, we are not able to check what has been packed, ” he added.
Chan thanked Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for granting Sabahans an extra holiday on Christmas eve.
“This shows that the Chief Minister respects everyone regardless of race and religion; he understands how important this season is for Christians and those who celebrate Christmas, ” he said.