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Thursday, 17 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Seize the opportunity to carve out new era in race relations

IN the true spirit of parliamentary democracy, the people have made their choice in the 14th General Election (GE14). Leaders and supporters of all political parties have accepted the GE14 results with open hearts, which is as it should be.

Congratulations to Pakatan Harapan on their victory and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on being sworn in as prime minister.

A new government brings high expectations, new hopes and aspirations for a better Malaysia.

The newly elected representatives from both the ruling and opposition parties have their respective role to play to serve the nation and people as well as to ensure the practice of parliamentary democracy through a proper check and balance system.

Government servants should also carry out their responsibilities by serving professionally and giving full support to the government of the day.

Now that election fever is over, Malaysians are looking forward to new policies and directions for the future. We are also waiting anxiously to see how the new government will tackle the serious issue of corruption and integrity and help alleviate the hardship of the poor of all races.

We also look forward to seeing how institutional reforms could be implemented to make all our government institutions truly independent and professional to achieve the desired objectives.

Before this, many quarters had complained about the weakening of our institutions, including the judiciary, police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Now that a new government has been elected, we should focus on addressing our debts issue, strengthening our economy, and reinforcing our unity because, despite our differences, we share the same hopes, dreams and goals.

We must seize this opportunity to help build a truly united Malaysia as unity is of paramount importance for our future.

The most urgent task for all Malaysians irrespective of race, religion and political affiliation is to ensure racial and religious harmony.

As responsible and patriotic Malaysians, it is our profound duty to work for peace, harmony and unity, and refrain from acts of provocation and violence which will result in conflict and chaos.

We must never allow the harmonious relations among the various races to be threatened by racial polarisation and excessive politicking, which could lead to racial discord and lack of understanding and mutual respect.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE

Kuala Lumpur