As the end of another year draws closer, Christmas is once again upon us, offering yet another opportunity for many to unwind amidst the comfort of family, friends and neighbours.
This festive season, as enjoyable as it is, can produce excesses, even in these financially less liberating times. I believe that for Christians, this season marks a time to spread goodwill and cheer, particularly among the less fortunate. I hope that regardless of faith, all Malaysians can demonstrate our sense of generosity and compassion by extending it to those in need of it most, from the infirm and poor to our ever-present emergency services.
In this spirit of generosity, we ought also to demonstrate kindness towards our natural environment. A greener Christmas can be had, for example, by passing on unwanted gifts, packaging presents in recycled wrapping paper and using Christmas lights sparingly.
Finally, I wish to emphasise the opportunity to reach out to other members of the community. Like Hari Raya before it, why not use the occasion to bring together guests from different backgrounds under one roof?
On this note, I wish all celebrating this most special day a joyous, peaceful and harmonious Christmas.