MELAKA: Chinese New Year is now celebrated by diverse ethnic groups in Melaka, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
Idris said Melaka was unique where the locals could look forward to celebrating different festivals.
“The state government’s aim is to make Melaka a place for everyone to live and prosper,” he said at the Gao Feng Lion and Dragon Dance Association dinner in Ayer Keroh here.
Also present were Melaka Governor Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob and state MCA chief Datuk Lim Ban Hong.
Idris said it was the respect and acceptance between all races that enabled the state government to develop Melaka into a prosperous and forward-looking city.
He said the younger people from Melaka should also accept one another and never stereotype anyone.
“All of us have our advantages and weaknesses so we should not undermine anyone.
“Instead, we must grow closer and become more appreciative of each other,” he said.
Idris added that the state government would continue to give attention to Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas celebrations.
He said the state would also support non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that serve the need of all races.
He urged them to look into introducing the art of lion dance to primary schools in the state.
“Such art would serve as an additional activity for the young children to be psychically active and keep them away from spending too much time on the Internet,” he added.