PETALING JAYA: It’s Yuletide and good wishes abound for Malaysians who celebrate the occasion.
“My wife and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, ” Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tweeted.
In a brief video clip posted on his official Facebook page, Dr Mahathir is seen signing Christmas cards in his office.
“To all Christians in Malaysia both citizens and non-citizens, my wife and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, ” he said.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar also took to social media to convey festive greetings.
Sultan Ibrahim posted a photo of him and his consort Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah along with the message: “Wishing all Johoreans celebrating Christmas love, joy and peace; and a wonderful time with families and friends.”
A host of political leaders conveyed their wishes as well.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who spoke about justice for all, quoted Psalm 106:3, a Bible verse which says: “Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.”
“As our Christian friends prepare for the big day, let us strengthen the unity between us and our neighbours by visiting one another, ” he said.
He also stressed on PKR’s commitment to good governance, saying it was a priority.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said this was a season of hope, forgiveness and peace.
“Christmas is also about hope – hope for a better tomorrow.
“This is what Pakatan Harapan is about – hope, a coalition of hope that beckons greater things for our country, ” she said.
She added that the underprivileged, the downtrodden and those in need of shelter and assistance should not be forgotten during the festive season.
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali called on Malaysians to join in the Christmas festivities.
“The harmony that Malaysians enjoy today is a result of compassion and understanding among the different communities, ” he said.
Azmin also acknowledged the contributions of Christians towards peace, harmony and nation-building.
“Let us continue to reject the voices of bigotry, extremism and intolerance, and embrace the spirit of understanding, moderation and mutual respect, ” he added.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo urged Malaysians to maintain the harmonious relationship among the different communities.
“In conjunction with this Christmas celebration, let us maintain the harmonious relations which has been a special feature among Malaysians, ” he said.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darrell Leiking, in his greeting, hoped that Malaysians would seek togetherness during the Christmas season and onwards to 2020.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, in his Christmas message, said: “In Sabah, we celebrate our festivities regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion.
“We must preserve it and not allow anyone to change this. We are Sabahans and this is our identity.”