Cabinet on school CNY decorations issue: Respect one another's different customs, culture

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  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet is against racist and extremist acts as it will affect unity in the country.

It said in a statement that the act by certain parties which lodged a police report against Chinese New Year decorations put up at SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 was viewed seriously during its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday (Jan 8).

“It is normal to put up decorative items in conjunction with festivities, including during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and Deepavali.

“Malaysians make up a community of different cultures and we celebrate and embrace these festivities together for many years.

“We must respect one another because the different customs and culture is a precious asset to the country.

“The Cabinet does not agree at all with racist and extreme acts of certain parties as it will jeopardise unity in the country, ” said the statement.

It was reported that Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) vice-president and lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz had demanded that the national school remove their Chinese New Year decorations, which the party claimed is "unconstitutional".

Several Pakatan Harapan lawmakers have slammed Putra for making the demand.

Putra is a political party led by Ibrahim Ali, who is also the founder of the Malay rights group Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia.

On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visited the school, along with several ministers.

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