February 5, 2016
Gong Xi Fa Cai 2016 to All
To Men and Women of Goodwill around the world, friends and associates in Malaysia, Cambodia, China (and Diaspora), ASEAN,and Australia.
Dr. Kamsiah and I wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai 2016. May you be safely united with family for your traditional dinner tonight. Drive and travel carefully.
Greetings from Us at The University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh
It is a great tradition, and may you continue this practice since the family is an important institution, particularly in today’s troubled world. It is home where we learn to respect our elders, acquire and reinforce our ethical values, engage in civilised discourse, and celebrate the dignity of difference. May we live in peace.
Traditional values are, therefore, not out of date. Why? Because peace and goodwill are what will be needed now as we face serious threats to our survival from global terrorism and our wanton disregard of our environment.
For this occasion, we have chosen to bring back music of 1950s. It was my teenage years (Dr. Kamsiah was born 13 years later). Wow, that was decades ago.The songs you hear remind me of those years of innocence and bliss.
Growing up in Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman in the ’50s together with Daim Zainuddin, Kassim Ahmad, Kamil Jaffar, Col. Ismail, Razali Ismail, Yusof Bakar, Halim Rejab, Mansor Ahmad, Martin Lim, S. Perumal, Veeriah, Muniandy, Rahman Rahim, et.al, was wonderful because colour, race and religion did not matter to us. We were Malayans (and Malaysians) First.
We were 1People. We lived in peace and enjoyed all festivals–Ramadan, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Cambodian New Year, Wesak Day and others. But today, as Malaysians, we have become a divided people, conscious of our differences because our irresponsible political leaders and ulamas have chosen to use race and religion to separate us for power and influence.
There is no doubt that we made enormous economic progress. But that has led to an erosion of our rich cultural heritage and well grounded values. If that is progress, Dr. Kamsiah and I will have none of it.
So my friends,let us work for peace and love our planet. Like it or not, we have no place else to go, at least until we can find a livable alternative (s) in the galaxy. We wish you and family Cong xi Fai Cai and God Bless.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican