‘Thaipusam shows Malaysians enjoy freedom of religion’


Walk of devotion: Hindu devotees making their way to the Sri Subramaniam temple in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands. — Bernama

Walk of devotion: Hindu devotees making their way to the Sri Subramaniam temple in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The peaceful Thaipusam celebration this year affirms the fact that Malaysians are able to enjoy freedom of religion, says National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy.

He said that while Malaysia has a majority Muslim population, those from other faiths have always been allowed to practise their faiths.

“This is the unique aspect of this nation which thrives on religious diversity.

A day for prayers and penance: Devotees carrying kavadis and milk pots while walking towards the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam.
A day for prayers and penance: Devotees carrying kavadis and milk pots while walking towards the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam.

“All religions are given space to perform their religious duty to God without any hatred,” he said in his speech during the Thaipusam celebration at Batu Caves yesterday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, who was present as well, said that Malaysians stayed united despite certain quarters trying to play up religious and racial sentiments.

“Even though lately there are those who like to use religious and racial sentiments to scare the public, the celebration in Batu Caves proves that Malaysians can practise their faith (in peace),” said Amirudin.