TANGKAK: Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman wants Johor’s multi-racial community to avoid any political crisis, which can affect the state’s economic stability.
Speaking at a belated Chinese New Year celebration dinner here in Sungai Mati, he reminded all races to focus on strengthening unity with one another.
He said greater political and economic stability would enable the state to continue to progress despite the global economic slowdown.
“We in Johor have a common tradition of working together between the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians, and we should continue to uphold the tradition.
“With the global economic gloom looming over the region, we should shed any feeling of mistrust or dissatisfaction among us,” he said at the dinner organised by the Sungai Mati MCA and several organisations at SRKJ Pei Hwa last Friday.
Abdul Ghani, who is also the state Barisan Nasional chairman, said if that people are united as they had always been for many years, the economic crisis could be handled well.
Abdul Ghani added that the state had always taken care of the people’s needs including in education, health, culture, infrastructures and economic growth.
Later, Abdul Ghani announced financial allocations totalling RM1.4mil for three Chinese schools, a temple and several organisations in Sungai Mati.
SOURCE: THE STAR, 25 MARCH 2009