The government will continue to enhance the efficiency and integrity of its services to assist all communities, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday.

It would continue to serve the 1Malaysia commitment of a united nation as the country neared Vision 2020, he said.

In his 2015 Chinese New Year message posted on his blog, NajibRazak.com, the prime minister said the Lunar New Year was one of the biggest celebrations in the country as it signified the turn of the Chinese calendar and the beginning of a new chapter in life.

He said it was the time when family and friends came together in celebration and in gratitude to appreciate the old and embrace the new.

“Today, we are all guests…welcomed into the homes of our Chinese neighbours, in the true spirit of 1Malaysia, to experience the rich traditions of the Chinese culture.

“My family and I have always appreciated the hospitality of Chinese Malaysians, particularly at this time of year,” he said.

The Chinese New Year reminded the people of the diversity that made Malaysia extraordinary, he said, adding that the fabric of the country had been woven by the various ethnicities, languages and faiths that completed the nation.

“It is this diversity that we celebrate, cherish and protect,” he said.

Najib welcomed visitors to the country during the festive season, saying: “Wherever you might find yourself in our beautiful country, I hope the distinct sights, sounds, smells and tastes of our revelry will inspire you.”

Despite the challenges of last year, Chinese New Year represented a new beginning for Malaysia, Najib said and expressed the hope that the year of the peace-loving Goat would bring continued harmony and strength in unity for Malaysia.

“And may the year of the Goat also bring each of you happiness, prosperity and good health. Happy New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai,” he said.

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