PETALING JAYA: The King, Sultan Muhammad V, and Pakatan Harapan leaders and ministers have extended their Hari Raya greetings to Malaysians, mainly through videos and posts on social media.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged Malaysians not to overeat during festivities, besides wishing all Malaysians Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“We should eat moderately. If we are eating more than usual, it should not be too much,” he said in the video uploaded on his Facebook page.
“To those who are on their way home, please drive carefully as your family is waiting for you and don’t disappoint them,” said the Prime Minister.
Dr Mahathir also urged the public not to play with firecrackers to avoid getting hurt.
He also revealed that his favourite Raya delicacy is kuih makmur, his favourite Raya song is Selamat Hari Raya by Sudirman and his favourite colour for Raya attire is purple.
“My favourite Raya moment is when the whole family gathers after praying and we enjoy Hari Raya together.
“Sometimes, not all of them could make it. Then, it was not that cheerful. There was once when all family members were back. We managed to take a group photo,” he said.
At the end of the video, he invited all to attend his open house today.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also shared their Hari Raya greetings through a short film.
The video started with a scene of Dr Wan Azizah looking at an empty chair at home.
The years “1998–2004, 2015–2017” appeared in the scene, showing the time Anwar was not with the family during Hari Raya.
In a conversation with their daughter Nurul Nuha, Anwar said he had rested enough and has to continue working so that the people’s support will not be in vain.
“Rest? Papa has rested enough in jail. Now we have to continue working, people are waiting, people have given the mandate.
“If we don’t implement (our pledges), the people’s support would be in vain.
“If we only think of our own comfort, we are no different from the old regime.
“We have to continue just a little more. Insyallah (God willing), may Allah bless this,” he said in the film uploaded on his Facebook page.
The film also featured Anwar having dinner with his family, contrasting the beginning of the film where Dr Wan Azizah was seen frowning at an empty chair.
The short video then ended with Hari Raya wishes from Anwar’s entire family.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng also extended his Hari Raya well wishes to all members of his ministry and to all Malaysians.
Pakatan Harapan will also be posting a video featuring leaders including Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub, Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai, among others.
In a trailer posted on Pakatan’s official Facebook page, some leaders including Loke were seen laughing after they forgot the lyrics of the Hari Raya song.
In another scene, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo was seen asking Azmin where he should put his hands.