KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should continue to cherish the respect, understanding and love that exist among them, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said they should also continue to uphold the peaceful co-existence and bond of friendship between the people of all races and religions in the country.
“This is not something that can easily be torn apart. United we stand, divided we fall. Instead of focusing on the negative, let us all look at all the positive that far outweigh the former.
“In Islam, it is compulsory for us to be tolerant towards one another. Surah al-Mumtahanah verses 8 to 9 encourages Muslims to be just and kind to non-Muslims who are not the enemies of Muslims.
“We, in Malaysia, have a lot to be grateful for,” said Dr Wan Azizah in her Christmas message which was released by the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office today.
The deputy prime minister also called upon all Malaysians to care for the poor, sick, marginalised and those in need of shelter.
“Consider this my personal Christmas card to every single one of you celebrating Christmas this year. May you have a wonderful and joyous celebration. Happy holidays,’ she said.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today called on all Malaysians to preserve the country’s racial and religious harmony.
Through his latest posting on Facebook, Gobind said the racial and religious harmony in the country had always served as the source of strength for the nation’s progress.
“Let’s preserve the harmonious relationship between races and religions, and to seek the common grounds between communities.
“Hopefully, the understanding that we have been cultivating thus far will continue to serve as our source of strength to contribute to the nation’s growth,” he said.
Gobind also extended his Christmas Day greetings to all Christians in the country.
“A very happy Christmas to all Christians in Malaysia, have a great holiday and stay safe on the road,” he said.