Tuesday August 21, 2012
Najib sends Raya greetings to overseas Malaysians
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has extended Hari Raya greetings to Malaysians who are working and studying abroad.
Despite his busy schedule, Najib found the time to chat with Malaysians and Foreign Ministry personnel from Beijing, London, Tokyo, Canberra and Jakarta via video-conferencing.
In his message, Najib noted that Malaysia's recent economic achievement of 5.4% growth in the second financial quarter had drawn praise from international financial experts.
“This is proof that if we give solid support to the national transformation agenda, we will be able to achieve economic growth to benefit the rakyat,” he said at the session held at Seri Perdana on Sunday.
He also described Malaysia's open-house tradition as unique.
“I call on all Malaysians to not only adopt the open-house tradition but to open the door of their hearts and show the world the joy that is shared in our country during festivities,” he said.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who was also present, reminded Malaysian students to extend Raya greetings to their parents.
“As a mother, my advice is to please call your parents. This is the time to seek forgiveness.”
Meanwhile in BEIJING, Malaysians wished their compatriots back home a joyful Aidilfitri.
When asked by Najib about the Aidilfitri morning prayers, Malaysian ambassador to China Datuk Iskandar Sarudin said between 70 and 80 Malaysian Muslims and their Chinese counterparts had performed the prayer at the embassy's surau.
“Together with us at this video-conference are 25 Malaysians comprising embassy staff, students and representatives from the business circle,” Iskandar told Najib.
Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Beijing chapter chairman Godwin Cheng assured Najib that Malaysians in China would do their best to project a good image of the country.