AS we usher in Hari Raya, let it be celebrated with much gratitude and fully utilised to strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity among Malaysians at all levels of society.
As responsible and peace-loving Malaysians, we should take advantage of such festive days to strengthen relations among ourselves.
We should also take the opportunity to visit our Muslim friends, as it could help strengthen unity and root out suspicions.
Our unique tradition of holding and attending open houses should be maintained, as it could help us appreciate our neighbours and friends of different races and religions.
We have a lot to be grateful for, as we live in an independent country that is peaceful at a time when many countries around the globe are in chaos due to politics, economics and war.
Malaysians should focus on creating more “moments of unity” to foster national unity and solidarity and put an end to “moments of disunity” such as religious and racial bigotry. And we should shun those who make provocative and incendiary statements just to create tension within society.
Mutual respect, interracial understanding, and acceptance of diversity is the key to peace, harmony and unity.
Unity is a priceless gift that must be preserved and cherished by all citizens in a multiracial country like Malaysia.
The country should not only be safe from terrorism, crime and violence but also from problems and conflicts caused by racial or religious hatred.
It is vital that Malaysia continues to exist as a united and peaceful nation with political stability despite the existence of divergent political ideologies and views.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir dan batin.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE
Trustee, Malaysia Unity Foundation