Unite to face economic and political challenges, Liow urges

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians should stand united in facing economic and political challenges in the year ahead to ensure the continued peace and prosperity of the nation, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow said that efforts must be made by all quarters to ensure that the country's economy continues to be competitive and grows.

"As we are aware, the biggest challenge this year will be the economy.

"As for politics, I also hope that we can unite and uphold the 1Malaysia spirit in facing these challenges," he told reporters after MCA's Chinese New Year open house celebrations at Wisma MCA on Thursday.

Liow added that MCA hoped to see improvements in the education system, particularly in the teaching of the Chinese language.

"This will help produce more young intellectuals who will be able to contribute towards nation building," he said.

On the significance of the Year of the Goat, Liow said the goat is seen as an animal with attributes that signify peace, stability and harmony.

He added that MCA would continue to promote moderation in the country.

He said such an approach was crucial not only in stemming global terror threats like Islamic State (IS) but extremism in the country as well.

"As long as moderates are the majority, we will not allow the extremists to take centre stage," he said.