AS Malaysian Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Malaysians of other races and religious faiths should use the festive occasion to further strengthen the bonds of friendship, interracial and inter-religious harmony in the true spirit of 1Malaysia.
This Hari Raya is all the more significant in terms of improving interethnic relations in the wake of the disturbing Plaza Low Yat episode, where an incident of theft was given a racial slant.
Muslims and others who join in the Hari Raya celebration give meaning to the multiracial and multi-religious character of our nation, which forms the basis of nation-building in a multiracial country.
Respect for one another’s religion has been the hallmark of our multiracial society. It is the duty of each and every Malaysian, irrespective of race and religion, to keep building respect among religions in our multiracial and multireligious nation.
Every Malaysian should be fully committed to preserving harmony, goodwill and unity. Relentless efforts must be made by everyone to promote a culture of peace, harmony and unity.
Political leaders and Malaysians should take to heart these diversities.
We need not only to embrace the 1Malaysia values, but we need to
put them into practice and give meaning to the 1Malaysia concept.
The intermingling of the races during festivities reinforces goodwill, unity and racial harmony in our multiracial country. This is important as it promotes integration and unity in diversity.
Racial harmony and unity must never be taken for granted.
I wish all Malaysian Muslims
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
and hope that in the midst of the festive occasion, Malaysians will focus on the importance of uniting all races to face the future and deal with the challenges ahead and work towards a truly 1Malaysia.
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye,Trustee, 1Malaysia Foundation, Kuala Lumpur