PETALING JAYA - Malaysians must remain on guard against agents provocateurs who are out to destabilise the nation, says the MCA.
According to party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (above), the country's success should not be taken for granted, and that Malaysians should watch out for hostile elements that were out to cause destruction.
"We need to amplify the voice of logic, reasoning and moderation, and drown those which are illogical, extreme and fanatical," he said in his 56th Merdeka Day-cum-50th Malaysia Day message, released via a statement, yesterday.
Dr Chua said there should be no room for extremism and racism in Malaysia.
"The fellowship and fusion of cultures coming together must be enhanced, not dampened or allowed to be hijacked by unscrupulous groups out to create unrest and disharmony," he said, while exhorting Malaysians to reminisce on the joyous occasion 56 years ago when the country attained its independence.
"The roar of Merdeka reverberating under one Malaysian voice resonated with the true meaning of a united and free Malaysia," said Dr Chua, who added that Malaysians should appreciate the hard work put in by their forefathers, and continue to push for greater success.
Noting that Malaysia had achieved great milestones and secured impressive economic growth that far surpassed that of many other countries, Dr Chua said Vision 2020 could even be achieved two years ahead of schedule.
"Now, we should be ready to embrace the endless possibilities of things to come."
For Dr Chua, the commemoration of the unification of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo (Sabah), or between the "east and west", is a day that underscores the meaning of co-operation, unity and integration in the true spirit of One Malaysia.
"Malaysians too should evolve into one race and let the Malaysian identity take precedence instead of being divided by skin colour.
"Our skin colour should not separate us from the fact that we are all Malaysians, whether you are a Malay, Chinese, Indian or other races. So long as you are born in Malaysia, we are one family."