The practice of visiting one another, which has become a tradition of the country’s multiracial society, can foster closer relations among the people and enhance the spirit of unity, the essence of social understanding, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
Lim said that the aspects on the diverse race, religion, customs and language were not a hindrance to progress.
“It is this diverse aspects that enable Malaysia to be a developed nation, (and) the people able to maintain the country’s peace and political stability despite facing global constraints and the world economic crisis,” he added.
In Kuala Lumpur, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said that unity, built through the festivities of various races, was like a house built on stilts which would not collapse easily even when hit by strong winds.
In Kuching, Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, in his Aidilfitri message, said the people of other races were encouraged to visit open houses hosted by Muslims to foster relations and build friensdhips.
Abang Muhammad Salahuddin and family will host Aidilfitri openhouse for state dignitaries and VIPs on the first day of Hari Raya and on the second day when it would be opened to department heads and the public at the Astana Negeri banquet hall in Petra Jaya from 10am to 1pm.
In Kota Kinabalu, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman called on the people to remain united and steadfast to ensure smooth implementation of development programmes in Sabah.
“I believe with continued hard work and cooperation, there will be more progress in the coming year, he said.
On Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, Musa said it served as a special occassion for reconciliation and forgiveness among family members and friends.
It a festivity to be shared with friends from different religions and races, he added. - BERNAMA