The MCA wishes all Malaysians of the Hindu faith a Happy Deepavali. It is a celebration not for Hindus alone but for all Malaysians to rejoice this meaningful day as one.
It is the time of the year again when we are greeted by beautiful lights sparkling from the homes of Malaysians of the Hindu faith.
The kaleidoscope of colours illuminating from each home represents the diversity of Malaysia and the religious tolerance which we enjoyed.
As we celebrate this auspicious festival, we must also appreciate the peace and racial harmony prevailing in the country which allows us to enjoy the celebrations without any hindrance.
Without religious tolerance, Malaysia would not have reached thus far as a nation that has achieved so much.
In line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s call for a Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), Malaysians should showcase to the world that we can be an exemplary and model nation against extremism.
We should pursue the path of moderation for sustainable growth, impartiality, equality and reject conflicts and discard the culture of hate and jealousy.
We need to amplify the voices of logic, reasoning and moderation. Malaysia should not allow a few with narrow thoughts to dictate or challenge the ideals of other right thinking Malaysians.
Malaysia is blessed with the diversity of race, cultures, traditions and festivities which makes it a colourful country blessed with the sights, sounds and voices of pluralism.
No voice, whether they are from the Malays, Chinese or Hindus, is less significant than the other. We all have equal voices and no one should be less important than the other.
We have always witnessed the coming together of all Malaysians at the venues of the various festivities. This is a manifestation of our strength that has evolved into an excellent recipe of tolerance, acceptance and co-existence.
The 1Malaysia concept should be given support as it personifies a culture of unity and cohesiveness.
As Malaysians, we should also be reminded that we must stay intact together to strive for the betterment of the country and jointly help grow the economic pie, instead of squabbling over the size of the slice.
As a concerned MCA member, I am trying my best to help in the process of rebuilding and repositioning of the party.
Therefore, I welcome party members and members of public to post your constructive suggestions and opinions on my blog on how to rebuild and reform the party, eventually enabling MCA to regain support from all party members and the community.