KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has wished all Malaysians of Chinese ethnicity and Chinese around the world a happy Chinese New Year with the festivities beginning on Thursday. In his blog posting at NajibRazak.com, today, the premier said that as the Lunar Year was one of the biggest celebrations in the country, it was the time when family and friends came together in celebration and in gratitude, to appreciate the old and embrace the new.
“We are all guests who will be welcomed into the homes of our Chinese neighbours, in the true spirit of 1Malaysia, to experience the rich traditions of the Chinese culture. “Chinese New Year reminds us of the diversity that makes Malaysia extraordinary. “The fabric of our nation has been woven by the various ethnicities, languages and faiths that complete Malaysia.”
Saying that his family had always appreciated the hospitality of Chinese Malaysians, particularly at this time of year, Najib also welcomed tourists visiting the country during the festive season. “Wherever you might find yourself in our beautiful country, I hope the distinct sights, sounds, smells and tastes of our revelry will inspire you.”