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.
I have always admired the Chinese tradition of reunion dinners which has been an enviable custom for centuries, dating back to ancient China. Today, Malaysians of Chinese descent continue 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.
During this time of celebration, it is an opportunity for all of us, not just the Chinese, to strengthen our ties as Malaysians. We are uniquely blessed to be able to celebrate Chinese New Year and our many other festivals together as Malaysians, as we co-exist harmoniously with mutual respect for one another.
We believe the Chinese want a better and prosperous Malaysia for all our children. We can achieve 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.
I wish all Malaysians, especially the Chinese community, a happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous Year of the Rooster ahead!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!