Let the Year of the Goat be a year of global peace and a year of harmony, goodwill and prosperity for Malaysia

2003 Chinese New Year Message
by Kerk Kim Hock

(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The twenty-first century is an era of many changes and challenges. The political development and changes in the international and domestic scenes will have much impact on our nation building policies. Hence, the Chinese community, just like other Malaysians, will need to face such challenges with confidence, courage and wisdom.

The impact brought about by the globalisation, liberalisation and the information technology requires the community to display the readiness and ability to change with the times. Indeed, is no longer a question of whether any community should or should not change, but rather it is a question of how and what to change in order not to be left behind.

As the threat of international terrorism looms and the America’s planned attacks on Iraq becomes imminent, the Chinese community and all Malaysians will have to show their determination to combat against war and terrorism, while at the same time, they must also ensure that human rights and dissent will not be sacrificed in the nation’s battle against terrorism.

Domestically, the impending change of the nation's Prime Ministership and the implementation of new policies, will bring about much impact. Malaysians must be vigilant and be prepared to ensure that they can be and are masters of their fate – that they can decide and determine their own destiny and future.

The Chinese community has made much efforts, contribution and sacrifices in promoting the nation’s unity, progress and development. With the dawning of the New Year, the community should, together with other races, ensure that the foundations and social contract laid down by our forefathers for building a multiracial, multi cultural, multi religious, secular and democratic nation will not be threatened or undermined.

Lets hope that all Malaysians, irrespective of race, will reject extremism, militancy and fanaticism and will together strive towards a progressive, united, developed and tolerant Malaysia where justice, equality and freedom will prevail.

In the Year of the Goat, lets hope that it will be a year of global peace, and a year of harmony, goodwill and prosperity for Malaysia.

My family and I wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Goat.


* Kerk Kim Hock,