Lam Thye: Embrace the New Year and welcome the new King


Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR: The coming new year is not just another year as it marks the beginning of a new era with the advent of the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who will assume the throne in January 2024.

Alliance for a Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said Malaysians should welcome the new King with open hearts and embrace this transition as an opportunity to rekindle the spirit of 1957, the year when our nation gained its independence.

"It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our forefathers and recommit ourselves to the ideals of unity, freedom, and progress.

"One of the pillars of our nation, the Rukun Negara, provides us with a guiding light for our journey ahead.

"It reminds us of the importance of principles such as belief in God, loyalty to the King and country, upholding the constitution, the rule of law, mutual respect and morality," he said in his new year's address on Sunday (Dec 31).

In a multicultural and diverse society, celebrating unity in diversity is not just a slogan; it's a way of life, said Lee.

"Embrace the richness of our different cultures, languages, and traditions.

"Share the joys of each other's festivals, savour the flavours of our diverse cuisines, and take pride in our collective rich heritage. Let our diversity be a source of strength, understanding and appreciation," he said.

The country has gone through its fair share of ups and down over the past year, Lee said.

"We have had a prolonged period of sloganeering, politicking, name-calling, upmanship and racism.

"Isn’t it time that we now concentrate on our positives, our commonalities, our blessings, and our common future," he questioned.

As all will embark on the new year, Lee called on all Malaysians to march ahead as one nation, united in resolve to reject practices that are exclusionary.

"Instead, let us find unity in our shared goals, dreams, and the strength that comes from standing together.

"It's time for us to work hand in hand, regardless of our backgrounds, to build a brighter future for our beloved Malaysia.

"Let's take pride in our various achievements, devoid of race, gender, religion or location," he said.

In 2024, let us write a new chapter in our history, one that demonstrates our commitment to inclusivity, tolerance, and progress, Lee said.

"Together, we can overcome any challenge that comes our way and ensure a better tomorrow for our children and generations to come.

"So, my fellow Malaysians, as we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one, let's do so with optimism, unity, and a renewed sense of purpose. Happy New Year, Malaysia," he said.

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