Hari Raya message from MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek
On behalf of the MCA, I would like to extend our warm wishes to all Malaysians celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
After a month of fasting and abstinence during the holy Ramadan period, it is time for Malaysians to come together to join their fellow Muslim friends and neighbours to usher in the festivity.
We see the coming together of all Malaysians as colleagues, friends and families, and sharing food on the same table, having fun and laughter. This is a clear manifestation of what 1Malaysia is all about.
Such a scenario should not be short lived and only enliven during festivities.
We should make it a culture that every day should be as such and not only during each festivity. If we can foster such rapport during this time of period, there is no stopping us from continuing with such a philosophy and understanding.
Let us draw strengths from our diversity to see things as one and to play, eat and work as one family. Let us not see faults in each other but identify strengths for us to consolidate and learn from each other.
The cohesiveness of the people to be able to bond together as a family unit would be the envy of many nations which are trying to come to terms with oppression and internal strives.
Let us not become a duplicate of these weaker nations if we allow ourselves to be entrapped by the religious bigotry of hatred or suspicion.
Racism, jealousy and religious bigotry has no place for a nation like Malaysia that is fast progressing. Let us not place a spanner in between the spinning wheel.
While we rejoice, it is also time to reflect on our achievements, weaknesses and strengths to better understand our pursuits.
Other than the joy of attending the traditional open houses, it is also the time to end the prejudices against anyone and to repair and build bridges of understanding, co-operation, mutual trust and enhancing the catalyst of strength for the nation.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA
Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek