Sunday February 10, 2013
TYT pays tribute to Chinese for success gained through their resilience, patience
KUCHING: The Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin has paid a special tribute to the Chinese this Lunar New Year for their resilience and patience in facing many life’s challenges.
These attributes had brought the desired success to the community and development to Sarawak, he said in his Chinese New Year message.
He said the Chinese, known for being very determined and hard-working, had played a significant role alongside other communities in the state’s socio-economic success story.
“We will be celebrating the golden jubilee of Sarawak progres- sing in Malaysia this year and I hope the anniversary celebration will be a drive for everyone to strive and work harder in achieving our aspiration to be a developed nation by the year 2020.”
Salahuddin noted that today’s advances in technology had caused moral decadence among the young.
He reminded parents to observe and guide their young ones so that they would grow up to become assets to the family, state and country.
“Parents should encourage their children to take part in cultural activities such as lion and dragon dances as these can help youths to stay clear of social ills,” he said.
Besides, he said, voluntary projects and martial arts lessons could also help impart noble values such as self-discipline, artistic appreciation and team spirit.
“Youths with these values will stay away from immoral activities, show more respect for others and be determined to preserve the spirit of unity, which has always been the core strength of the state,” he said.
Salahuddin called on youths to prepare themselves for economic opportunities by acquiring technical knowledge and skills.
He said Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), set to further develop the state and provide many jobs opportunities, would be among the major drivers of economic opportunities for those continuing to upgrade themselves in terms of knowledge and skills.
Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year, Salahuddin hoped that the tradition of holding open houses and visiting each other during the festival would continue, saying it was the best way to preserve mutual respect and understanding among the people of various races and religions.