by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA
THE Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition urged the people to set aside rhetoric and polemics that can destroy unity and the country.
A joint statement signed by presidents of PH component parties has also called for greater efforts among Malaysians to unite and promote mutual respect with one another, while rejecting politics which only considers the interests of a small group and not the common good.
“Various issues have become the talk of the people of late, among them the economic challenges; racial or religious perceptions; khat calligraphy education and development issues, with the people readily expressing their views through social media or the mainstream media,” the statement read.
The joint statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.
“Malaysia is a multiracial country in great need of harmony and togetherness among the people of the various races, religions and cultures, and this must be safeguarded and respected by all levels of society,” the leaders said in the statement.
“As we celebrate our 62nd Merdeka Day and 56th Malaysia Day this year, we should take the opportunity to reflect on the successes we have achieved together and the challenges that we have yet to overcome to build a clean, just and successful country.
“What Malaysians enjoy today will surely continue to be enjoyed as the people continue to remain united, strengthen their resolve, uphold the Federal Constitution and uphold a lawful state.
“Therefore, let us all together heed the call of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to redouble our efforts to ensure that our beloved country will continue to be a prosperous nation respected by all,” they said.