KOTA KINABALU – When the country is well governed, the people will be benefit.
Asserting this was Datuk Seri Panglima T.C. Goh, President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) in his 2017 New Year message.
“While it is an undeniable fact that each and every citizen must sacrifice and contribute toward ensuring our children have a better future, it is nonetheless even more significant to have a clean and caring government.
“This would essentially bring about greater improvements and benefits to the nation and the people,” he said.
Reckoning that the fate of each and every citizen and the various communities is undeniably closely intertwined with that of the nation, he stressed that it is therefore absolutely important that the people of this country must always remain united.
Goh, who is also the Vice President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) went on to urge the people to have faith and to muster courage in facing an imminent global financial crisis.
“We must have faith and believe that it could be an opportunity for a positive change, especially if we could muster courage to seize the opportunity to march forward, instead of staying put and doing nothing at all.
“When our nation’s development is facing a tough time with uncertainties in the world economy, it is even more necessary that we must muster the courage and confidence in facing and overcoming the many challenges ahead,” he said.
Goh acknowledged that 2016 was undeniably the most challenging year for Malaysia.
“Besides the controversial 1MDB issue which is still shimmering at the moment, there were the issue of high inflation, heavier tax burden, political instability, plummeting commodities prices, the impact of the minimum wage, escalating unemployment, cross-border kidnappings by the pirates/armed groups from the neighbouring Philippines, a weak Ringgit, etc, have dealt a severe blow to our economy.
“The other sizzling issue was the PAS president’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction Act) 1965,” he said.
He maintained that Hadi’s move is against the Federal Constitution and would destroy the peace and racial harmony which the people in this country had enjoyed since its formation 60 years ago.
He reminded that constitutionally-speaking, Malaysia is a secular country which subscribes to freedom of religion, freedom of speech; Moderation and harmony are the fundamental basis of the peaceful co-existence of Malaysians of different races and religious beliefs, all these years.
“The Federal Constitution too clearly respected religious freedom of the various communities. Hence, we must always strive to safeguard and to realise religious freedom for all races which is guaranteed by the Federal Constitution,” he added.