KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will continue to enhance the efficiency and integrity of its services to assist all communities, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said.
It will continue to serve the 1Malaysia commitment of a united nation as the country nears Vision 2020, he said.
In his 2015 Chinese New Year message posted on his blog NajibRazak.com, the Prime Minister said the Lunar New Year was one of the biggest celebrations in the country as it signified the turn of the Chinese calendar.
It was the time when family and friends came together in celebration and in gratitude to appreciate the old and embrace the new.
"Today, we are all guests, welcomed into the homes of our Chinese neighbours, in the true spirit of 1Malaysia, to experience the rich traditions of Chinese culture.
"My family and I have always appreciated the hospitality of Chinese Malaysians, particularly at this time of the year," he said.
Najib said the Chinese New Year reminded the people of the diversity that made Malaysia extraordinary.
"It is this diversity that we celebrate, cherish and protect," he said.
Najib welcomed visitors to the country during the festive season, saying: "Wherever you might find yourself in our beautiful country, I hope the distinct sights, sounds, smells and tastes of our revelry will inspire you."
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin called on Malaysians to understand how the country achieved harmony and stability throughout the generations.
He said certain parties were still making outrageous demands that could destroy the harmony.
Describing them as "duri dalam daging (thorn in the flesh)", Muhyiddin said these groups should be labelled barriers to the people's nation-building efforts.
"Their intentions are to cause havoc and bring disorder to society to satisfy their short-term political aims," he added.
Muhyiddin said the harmonious atmosphere with the people of various races visiting each other during the festive season was a good reflection of Malaysia's multi-cultural values that could not be found in other countries.
"The peaceful livelihood of the people has become the prerequisite to the success of Malaysia," he added.
Muhyiddin also wished that the Year of the Goat would bring peace and prosperity to the people and the country.