PETALING JAYA - MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has lauded the next phase of The Star's "Brave Views, Bold Ideas" moderation initiative, which will expand the campaign to include young people.
Expressing his full support for the effort, Liow said such a campaign was very much needed at this point in time.
He said The Star can do its part for society by being a platform for the people to get involved in spreading moderation in the country.
"People feel that extremism in this country is getting out of hand. We need more of the silent majority, who love peace and harmony, to step forward and support this campaign," he said during his first official visit as party president to Menara Star here yesterday.
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, pointed out that the newspaper was very passionate in serving Malaysians.
"This is a service to the people. They want to participate in the movement for moderation and The Star can help be the platform for them," he said.
Describing his tour of The Star here as "a fruitful visit", Liow said he was very inspired by the company and how it had transformed.
"The Star has always done well in providing media content," he added.
In his two-and-a-half-hour visit, Liow was given a briefing on the various components under the media group and the company's performance.
He also took the time to meet with reporters, photographers and multimedia team.
In MALACCA, Liow said that extremism was rearing its ugly head and such sentiments seemed to be increasing.
He said the people must unite in spearheading moderation and rejecting any forms of racial and religious extremism.
"We cannot allow such sentiment to infiltrate a diversified and plural society," he said at the Liows' Clan Association dinner at Pay Fong Middle School here on Thursday night.