UALA LUMPUR: MCA will campaign to promote moderation among Malaysians to drown out the voices of extremism that is threatening the nation's peace and harmony, said its president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"We will campaign so that moderation is put at the forefront and that the seeds of moderation, peace and harmony are sowed amongst Malaysians," he told reporters after the party's Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA on Thursday.
He said such an approach was crucial not only in stemming global terror threats like Islamic State (IS) but also extreme elements in the country as well.
He noted that recent incidents involving IS clearly showed that the threat was not confined to a particular region but has become a global issue.
On the local front, Liow said that most Malaysians did not subscribe to extremist views as they valued peace and harmony.
"As long as the moderates are the majority, we can prevent the extremists from taking centre stage," he said when asked what were the measures taken by MCA in dealing with recent issues affecting the party.
On the significance of the Year of the Goat, he said the goat was seen as an animal that signified peace, stability and harmony.
"We want to disseminate more of this spirit, that in this Year of the Goat, we need a more harmonious society," he added.
Liow urged Malaysians to stand united in facing the economic and political challenges in the year ahead to ensure the continued peace and prosperity in the country.
"As we are aware, the biggest challenge this year will be the economy.
"As for politics, I also hope that we can unite and uphold the 1Malaysia spirit in facing these challenges," he said.
Liow added that MCA also hoped to see improvements in the education system, particularly in the teaching of the Chinese language.
"This will help produce more young intellectuals who will be able to contribute towards nation building," he said.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr We Ka Siong said he was glad to see that Malaysians, irrespective of race, were united in celebrating the festivities.
"We hope the Year of the Goat will bring good luck, wellbeing and prosperity to the nation," he added.