PETALING JAYA - The Prime Minister, his deputy and the MCA president have extended Ramadan greetings to all Muslims in the country.
"Happy Ramadan Al-Mubarak to all Muslims. May your fast be accepted by Allah," Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in his twitter posting.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this year's Ramadan should be a reminder that one must always be ready to face challenges and tests by God, in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Sabah and the hunt for the missing Orkim oil tanker.
In his Ramadan message, he said the tragedies must be accepted in a positive light, although it would not be easy.
"However, every tragedy is a reminder and has its own silver lining, so that we Muslims always remember God, and are grateful for all that has been given to us," he said.
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysians should work together and extend assistance to communities in need, regardless of race and creed, especially during this month.
He said the Muslim holy month reflected the true spirit and values of Islam, where Muslims were required to fast, perform extra prayers and contribute to charitable causes.
"It also instils patience, self-restraint, discipline and spiritual elevation to those who observe it. This is indeed a good opportunity for all to reflect and appreciate the peace and unity among us," he said.
Liow, who is Transport Minister, noted that Malaysia was a prime example of a harmonious nation, with its multiracial and multifaith society, and Malaysians are also known for their compassion.
Muslims in Malaysia began fasting for Ramadan this morning.