Kuala Lumpur: Those celebrating Hari Raya Aidifitri were told to mind their words and manners to help foster closer bond with fellow Muslims and Malaysians of other races.
This was among the advice given by several Cabinet ministers in their Hari Raya Aidifitri greetings posted on social media on the eve of the celebration.
“Sow the seeds of love among family members, relatives, friends, neighbours and Malaysians as a whole. Avoid hatred, hostility and strife,” said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on behalf of his family on his Facebook page.
He added that goodwill and love were significant characteristics of a Muslim.
In the rush to prepare to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Finance Ministry reminded Malaysians to not get too carried away with their spending.
In their Hari Raya greeting, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, his deputy Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah and treasury secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir each presented a verse, or pantun, reminding Malaysians to take care of their health and spend prudently.
“Let the CAT principle (Cekap, Akauntabiliti, Telus or Competent, Accountable, Transparent) be your principle and this will lead to a healthier economy,” Lim said in his pantun.
Amiruddin advised Malaysians to mind their spending while Ahmad Badri delivered a message on health and well-being in his verse.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Ser Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad advised Malaysians to eat more fresh fruits, drink less carbonated drinks and watch their calorie intake during the festivities.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye also posted a Hari Raya greeting, advising Malaysians to stay safe while travelling and to watch their health.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke called on motorist to be more understanding and respect the rights of others while on the road.
“If all of us compromise with one another when driving and follow traffic laws and regulations, I believe road accidents can be reduced,” Loke said in the 51-second Hari Raya greeting uploaded on his Facebook page.
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said that Malaysians, particularly Muslims in the country, were blessed to be able to celebrate the festivities in peace.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo extended his greeting through a 30-second video clip on behalf of his ministry, saying that the celebrations is a joyous one that should be meaningful.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, in a tweet, reminded Malaysians to be safe while on the road and to avoid wasting food.