PETALING JAYA - The people should stand united for a stronger Malaysia as they face new trials and economic challenges, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"At the end of the day, we are all Malaysians.
"Rather than heed those who seek to divide us with thoughtless words and actions, let us instead break down walls of distrust and disunity as we work together to build a better nation, economically and socially."
"It's time to rise and protect our greatest strength, our multiculturalism as we strive to evolve into a developed, mature society."
In his National Day message, Liow said that Malaysia, since its independence, had proven its worth as a land of many races, traditions, cultures and creeds.
"Now, as we face new trials and economic challenges, I urge my fellow citizens to remember the determination and unwavering belief of our founding fathers.
"The belief that there is much we can achieve for as long as we remain united."
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, paid tribute to the "tireless efforts of our forefathers in building the foundation of our nation."
"We salute those who continue to uphold these founding values of unity, harmony and acceptance, true to the theme of this year's celebrations Sehati Sejiwa."