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Thursday, 15 February 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

PM expresses thanks to Chinese community

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his gratitude towards the Chinese community that has played an important role in nation-building since indepen­dence.

The Prime Minister said their tremendous contribution is evident in every part of the country, be it culturally or economically.

“Indeed Malaysia is home to many, and all have played important roles in building this great nation especially our Chinese brothers and sisters as fellow sons and daughters of Malaysia,” Najib said in his Chinese New Year Message 2018 posted on his blog.

Najib also stressed that no Malaysian will be left behind.

“I am committed to ensure ... that the future of our children will be better than ours and that we will grow stronger and together as one,” he said.

Najib said in Malaysia, religious and cultural festivals have become joyous occasions celebrated by all.

“Perhaps it is the food, the culture and the laughter that unite us in festive celebrations like the New Year.

“But I believe it has been ingrained in us since independence. We live harmoniously as one regardless of race and creed.

“It has become a way of life and this bond between us is what I believe to be the true spirit of 1Malaysia,” he said.

He said this celebration is a perfect reminder of the many cultures and faiths that make up Malaysia.

“As we bid adieu to the Year of the Rooster and prepare to usher in the Year of the Dog, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who is celebrating a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Xin Nian Kuai Le!” said Najib.

Separately, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said Malaysians can celebrate Chinese New Year with growing confidence due to the country’s strong and stable economic performance.

Mah said the past year has shown that the country’s economy is increasingly resilient to external shocks.

This is a reflection of Malaysia’s strong economic fundamentals and sound policy measures taken by the Government, he added.

“The upward momentum (in the economy) will translate into real benefits to help the people and advance our country.

“It gives us more reason to cheer and hope for a better year ahead in this Chinese New Year as a celebration of luck and good fortune,” Mah said in his Chinese New Year message.