Published on: Saturday, February 09, 2013
"Like the snake itself, I hope it will move along at a predictable pace most of the time, although interesting twists and turns along the way are expected.
"Just as traditional Chinese wisdom tells us that having a snake in the house is good luck, the Year of the Snake is sure to usher in good fortune for many people," Clement said in his Chinese New Year message.
He said the Lunar New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past.
He said the Chinese community should be thankful for the peace and prosperity enjoyed by the country.
"While we welcome the Year of the Water Snake, we all should play our role in ensuring that the country continues to be harmonious and prosper," he said.
Clement said the Lunar New Year is also expected to usher in business prosperity as the snake is known for his inward cunning and cleverness.
He said the Lunar New Year has always been a time for celebration and hope.
"And this year, as we welcome the Year of the Snake, it is important to remember that our country is stronger because of our diversity.
We are richer because of the different cultures that make up this country.
So we should all treasure it," said Clement.
He also reminded the Chinese community, especially the younger ones, to uphold family values and always be respectful of others, especially the elderly, irrespective of their racial and religious backgrounds.
"Youths should also take the celebration to remind themselves of the need to study or work hard and make their parents proud. They should also stay away from negative elements like drugs at all cost," he said.
Clement, who is also the Managing Director of Sabah Publishing House Sdn Bhd, the publisher of Daily Express and its sister paper Overseas Chinese Daily News (OCDN), thanked readers and advertisers for continuing to support the two papers.
"Readers and advertisers have remained loyal to us and we are thankful for their trust. We will not fail them but continue to improve.
"We installed new printing machines last year at our new plant in Kolombong and this is testimony of our commitment to continue improving for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.
"A new building to house editorial staff of both papers at Kolombong has also been put up and is now doing the finishing touches. All these are done with the interest of readers and advertisers in mind," he said.
"I and my family, on behalf of SPH, would like to wish all of you and your loved ones peace, prosperity, and good health," said Clement.