Speech by the Penang Chief Minister
During State Christmas Open House
on 13th December 2015 at Dataran St Anne
On behalf of the Penang State Government, we would like to warmly welcome everyone of you to our Penang State Christmas Open House 2015. This event is being jointly organised by the Penang State Government and Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) Penang. I wish everyone here a very Blessed and Joyous Christmas.
The theme for the Christmas Open House this year is
Emmanuel – God With Us
Emmanuel - God With Us is a major theme in the Bible.
God is with us because He created us. All things – visible and invisible - are created by God. But only man and woman are created in the Image of God. When God created man and woman, He puts His Spirit within us. His Spirit lives in us. God is always with us.
This Christmas Open House is one way for the Christians to share the love of God with our fellow-citizens in Penang and Malaysia and our friends visiting our beautiful country from overseas. We have again raised funds from among our churches for a special Christmas gift to six charities in Penang that are working among the poor and needy to help them in their work. This is the true message of Christmas. May God bless you with His peace this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
The Penang State Government wishes to reflect the concerns of non-Muslims that the spirit of tolerance and respect for non Muslims faiths have not only eroded but have even became more restrictive. Protests have been called by extremist groups against churches with crosses and even calls to burn the Malay version of the Bible. Lies that the Chinese in Kedah burn the Koran have still not been acted. What is shocking is that these acts of hatred, lies and threats of violence by extremists go unpunished. I wish to reaffirm that Penang which celebrates diversity, peace and mutual respect will not allow such hateful and violent conduct.
We would like to thank the organizing committee, pastors, leaders and members of various churches as well as YB Wong Hon Wai and his staff, and other representatives from the Penang State Government and all those who have worked tirelessly to make this event a success.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!