Chinese New Year Message by Lim Guan Eng in Petaling Jaya on Thursday, 11th February 2010:
Chinese New Year Message 2010
DAP urges all Malaysians to reject words and actions which preach hate, lies and violence, and instead adopt values based on knowledge, peace and compassion.
DAP seeks a Middle Malaysia that prefers co-operation not conflict, consultation instead of confrontation and an inclusive shared society rather than an exclusive separate society. A shared society is one that celebrates diversity and assures everyone a place in society by guaranteeing democratic participation, respect for diversity and human dignity,offering equal opportunity; and protection from discrimination.
The continued political prosecution of the Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and BN's refusal to respect the right of Perak people to determine their duly elected state government marks a disturbing departure from the nation's commitment to rule of law, justice, democracy.
Malaysia has no alternative but to be able to compete internationally if we are to transform ourselves to a developed knowledge-intensive economy.
We must put knowledge above connections, needs above race, merits above privileges, public interest above private interest, integrity above corruption, and performance above individual entitlement. In other words, Malaysia requires a people-centric and not a crony-based government.
DAP wishes every Malaysian a happy 2010 Chinese New Year that marks a celebration of good triumphing over evil. DAP hopes that the year of the Tiger will bless every Malaysian with good health, success, prosperity, and peace.
*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General & Penang Chief Minister; Member of Parliament for Bagan