KUALA LUMPUR: A sense of unity and confidence will keep Malaysians strong in facing the hardship caused by the global economic crisis, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The Prime Minister urged everyone to cooperate and work together to strengthen the national economy so that the effects of the meltdown could be cushioned.
Abdullah said he was certain that the people could weather the economic storm with their resilience and also by counting on their past experiences.
“We have been through these problems before.
“With strength and will, we can overcome these difficulties,” he said in his speech at the launch of the national-level Chinese New Year open house at The Pavilion in Jalan Bukit Bintang last night.
About 50,000 people attended the open house organised by the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.
Also present were MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, vice-president Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and other Barisan Nasional leaders.
Abdullah called on Malaysians not to bicker but work together for the countryâ€™s benefit.
“Forget all the political conflicts. We must work together. We are ready to spend the cash to cushion the blow of the economic crisis. The second stimulus package will be announced soon,” he said.
Abdullah said although the Chinese were good at predicting what each year would bring, one must not always just depend on feng shui.
“Good feng shui starts with oneself. You may be 30% influenced by it (predictions) but 70% is due to your diligence and willingness to work hard,” he said.
Ong, in his speech, said the open house was a platform to strengthen racial unity.
â€œWith this celebration, we hope to foster closer ties between the races, just as we have been doing all along. Our unity is what amazes the world,” he said.
“In our 52 years of independence, we have gone through a lot by being united,” he added.
Source : The Star