KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The 51st Malaysia Day celebrations will give the people an opportunity to recapitulate and appreciate the peace, harmony and prosperity that exist in the country, according to MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said when Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak joined to become a federation on Sept 16, 1963, the event was marked by about 10 million people.
However, this time the celebration would be participated by 30 million Malaysians.
“The country’s success would not have been achieved today without that union and the competitive and progressive spirit of a section of the population,” said Liow who is also Transport Minister, in his Malaysia Day message.
MIC president Datuk G Palanivel, in his message, said it was of utmost priority for Malaysians to safeguard unity as well as peace and harmony among the various races and religion in the country.
Alluding to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the downing of MH17, Palanivel said Malaysians had demonstrated their unity in facing these challenging situations.
“We showed our unity during the day of mourning throughout the nation and we will continue this spirit of unity during the good times and bad times,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said Malaysians of both East and West Malaysia must continue to live up to the original intent of the country’s founding fathers harboured towards the then up-and-coming new nation that emphasised on common well-being, interest and security.
“We must never forget or relent in our quest to realise the nation’s founding aspiration and our desire to continue moving forward as a united and proud nation,” he said.
1Malaysia Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the process of establishing a united Malaysian nation was a continuous one, and what had been achieved thus far must be nurtured and reinforced.
“Malaysians of different ethnic origin must always be conscious of the need to have mutual respect for one another.
“They must always remain vigilant and be conscious of the sensitivities of our respective religions and cultures for the sake of inter-racial harmony,” he said.
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Gabungan Dewan Perniagaan dan Perindustrian India Malaysia) president Tan Sri KK Eswaran urged Malaysians to continue to build trust and bond among themselves as the country aspired to achieve further economic success.
“Let’s ensure that the momentum is accelerated and that no one puts a spoke in between the spinning wheel of the country’s growing economy,” he added.