KEMAMAN, 13 Sept 2008: Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek has called on the people to maintain racial unity.
He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had helped to forge unity among the people over the last 51 years since independence was gained and that the people should play a similar role.
"We have to ensure that the unity that we have forged remains intact and is not undermined by anyone," he said when launching the Lantern Festival at Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Chukai, here last night. Also present was Deputy Information Minister Datuk Tan Lian Hoe.
Ahmad Shabery, who is the Member of Parliament for Kemaman, said that all along people of any one community have been able to accept an elected representative from another because they were convinced the candidate would be able to serve them well.
He also said that the people should not have any doubt about their BN leaders being able to safeguard the rights of all communities.
"For example, the government has agreed to build a hall for the use of the Chinese community in this town (Chukai) because we know of their need," he said. – Bernama