Malaysia is a uniquely blessed country able to celebrate Chinese New Year and many other festivals together as Malaysians, as we co-exist harmoniously with mutual respect for one another, said Prime Minister Najib Razak for this year’s Chinese New Year message.
During this time of celebration, it is an opportunity for all of us, not just the Chinese, to strengthen our ties as Malaysians, he posted on Najib Razak.com blog.
“We believe the Chinese want a better and prosperous Malaysia for all our children and can be achieved this if we are strong and united as a nation, focus our efforts and energy for the well-being of the nation while we continue to sort out our differences and challenges.
“Together, we can surely achieve greater heights for a Malaysia that is more successful, advanced and harmonious.
“By now, many homes are beautifully decked with red or gold-coloured Tanglungs and décor with auspicious greetings to usher in the Year of the Rooster.
“I’m sure many are busy with final preparations and will be travelling to various destinations for reunion lunches and dinners with family and friends.” Najib said.
Najib personally admires the Chinese tradition of reunion dinners which has been an enviable custom for centuries, dating back to ancient China.
“Today, Malaysians of Chinese descent continues to place great importance in them and their reunions are a must – in order to take stock of family ties and strengthen them.
“Reunion dinners are more than just about delicious delicacies for the Malaysian Chinese, it is also a time when they pay homage to their senior citizens and renew friendships.
With this, Najib takes the opportunity to wish all Malaysians, especially the Chinese community, a happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous Year of the Rooster ahead.