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A view of the tens of thousands of devotees thronging the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple at Batu Caves for the Thaipusam festival, on February 8, 2020. — Picture by SELANGORKINI

DPM, Cabinet members extend Thaipusam greetings

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Cabinet members extend their Thaipusam greetings to all Hindus nationwide today on social media.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia’s beauty is that it is filled with diverse races, religions, customs, and traditions but remains harmonious.

“Hopefully, this year’s Thaipusam will continue to foster the spirit of unity among the people in the country who are of various races, religions, and nationalities, thus instilling inclusiveness and togetherness,” he said in a Facebook post.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof also shared a Thaipusam greeting on Facebook, describing the festival as another manifestation of the country’s diversity and cultural richness.

“Hopefully, the spirit of unity within the framework of racial diversity will continue to be the pillar of harmony and well-being in our country through understanding and appreciating diverse cultural traditions,” he said.

The Thaipusam greeting was also shared by Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu on Facebook.

“Hopefully, all my Hindu friends can celebrate this year’s Thaipusam with joy with their beloved families. Strengthen unity, strengthen our relationships,” he said.

As for Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli, he called on Malaysians to use this public holiday to spend time with their families.

“May this year’s celebration be in a lively atmosphere with loved ones. To those who are on vacation, take some time to relax and be with your family,” he said.

Public Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Investment, Trade, and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz also took the opportunity to wish Thaipusam to all Hindus.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, on behalf of the staff of his ministry, shared a Thaipusam greeting through a video on Facebook.

“Hopefully, the spirit of unity in racial diversity will continue to be the basis of harmony and well-being in our country,” he said.

Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said on Facebook, “May the spirit of unity in racial diversity continue to maintain harmony and well-being in our country. May you be given good health, abundant sustenance and God’s protection”.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir took the opportunity to also extend Thaipusam greetings to the Hindu staff of the ministry and institutions of higher learning, and also Malaysians celebrating it.

“May the spirit of unity, mutual respect and understanding of the diverse cultures of other races will continue to be the basis of harmony and well-being in our country,” he said.

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek, through a Facebook post, expressed the hope that Malaysia will continue to prosper and harmoniously build the integrity of a MADANI country.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh and Plantation and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani also sent Thaipusam greetings on Facebook.

Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo, through a post on Facebook, said he hopes this meaningful day brings blessings, purity, and harmony.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, through his Facebook page, also wished Hindus in Malaysia a Happy Thaipusam and hoped that they remain healthy and happy.

“Celebrating diversity and plurality, with the meaning of love that reflects the civilisation and unity of the Malaysia Madani community,” he said.

— Bernama

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