PENANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng hopes Ramadan will serve as a core to the effort of forging closer ties among the races in the country and strengthen the spirit to create a harmonious society free from negative elements.
This holy month would test the fortitude and patience of Muslims by fasting and all Malaysians including those of other faiths and beliefs should reflect on this, he said in a statement on the first day of fasting month here today.
"I am sure Ramadan can fill our hearts with a genuine spirit of solidarity not merely to a certain race or religion," said Lim who is DAP secretary-general.
He said Ramadan led to the spirit of love towards justice and prosperity because the elements of patience during fasting made a man realise what were oppression and misdeeds.
"What I understand is Islam is Ad-Din or a universal way of life. It is not racist because it's thrust is a just system regardless of race and religion. I do respect it," he said.