Blessed Christmas to the Malaysian
2002 Christmas Message
by Kerk Kim Hock
Once again, Malaysian Christians will be celebrating Christmas to
commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a season of joy and
peace, binding family and friends together in a joyous spirit of celebration
Christians, like Malaysians of other religious persuasion, are free to
profess and practice their faith in a pluralistic society like ours. Though
this freedom to worship is a fundamental liberty guaranteed to all races by
the Federal Constitution, we must not take it for granted and must always
beware of the possible threats posed by religious fanatics, extremists and
In the present post September 11 mood, Malaysians must also always be on
guard to ensure that the fight against the threat of terrorism will not be
carried out at the expense of justice and human rights.
DAP wishes to take this opportunity to repeat our calls that the government
should convene a national conference on terrorism so as to build greater
national consensus and unity towards addressing the threats of terrorism.
As the world faces an uncertain future with strife in many places and the
threat of terrorism casting a gloomy shadow over it, we should feel thankful
and blessed that in Malaysia, festivals can be celebrated in peace and in
the great Malaysian spirit of Muhhibah.
The Christmas message of love, joy and peace is one that can be shared and
embraced by all peace-loving Malaysians to foster greater unity and
integration with each other.
On this joyous occasion, lets also spread the message and hope that the
Malaysian society can be a safer, better and just place for all if all
Malaysians play their part to make it so.
I wish all Malaysian Christians a blessed Christmas.
Kerk Kim Hock, DAP Secretary General and MP for Kota Melaka