KOTA KINABALU: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) has outlined five issues to pursue in welcoming the year of the goat.
FCAS president Datuk Seri Panglima Dr TC Goh, hopes the agendas outlined by the federation will continued to bring success, peace and security for Malaysia in general and Sabah in particular.
“We will focus on the economy and hope our country will overcome the challenges of a weaken ringgit contributed by falls in the global fuel prices as well as natural disasters such as flood and others,” said Goh during the FCAS Pesta Ang Pow Chinese New Year 2015 dinner at Dewan Hakka on Monday.
The federation also hopes the government will be administered effectiveness and thrifty in its spending while developing the economy, he added.
The event was attended by guest of honour Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman who also announced that the State government will be contributing RM100,000 to FCAS.
“FCAS is also grateful to the State Government by its continuous support in giving financial aid to enable the federation to carry out its cultural activities successfully such as organising international dragon boat race and Chinese New Year carnival,” said Goh.
FCAS also hope that Dong Zong will resolve its internal problems in a peaceful manner and continue to work with the government to promote the Chinese educations.
Besides that, FCAS urged the government to set up charitable funds similar to the concept introduced by the West to help the elderly as the inflation in Malaysia had created a burden for the low income senior citizens, Goh said.
Lastly on religion, Goh said we must ensure Malaysia continued to be multi-racial and multi- religious country, where the people respect each other and live in peace and harmony.
“We must abide by the Rukun Tetangga and the Federal Constitution at all times and never allow extremists the opportunity to create chaos between the ethnic groups in Sabah and Malaysia,” Goh called.
Meanwhile, Goh thanked the State Government under the leadership of Musa for his continuing support in giving assistance and financial allocations to the Chinese community to carry out its educational, religious, sporting and cultural activities.
Among others, he said the Chinese New Year goodwill celebration was aimed to foster unity between the ethnic groups in Sabah.-Sayangsabah.