Ways to greet each other without shaking hands

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: Why stop at “Salam Malaysia” when there are also other ways to greet each other?

This was the general consensus in response to Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye’s call to practise the “Salam Malaysia” gesture instead of shaking hands amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Facebook and Twitter posts from The Star showed many Malaysians agreed with Dr Lee, calling it a necessary measure at this point in time.

“It is for the greater good of everyone, ” said Facebook user Reza Salim.

Some Malaysians even pointed out that there were many other ways to greet each other.

“Just greet by Anjali!” said Facebook user Charlie Chew.

Anjali Mudra is a customary Hindu greeting widely used both for greeting and leave-taking.

It is usually gestured with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

User Kavee Karina Ram added: “Yes, that’s why Indians practices Anjali Mudra! One of the reasons is to prevent cross infections.”

Aside from that, some users even inheriting cultures from our Asian counterparts.

“We can bow, like the Japanese do, ” Twitter user @wylam2020 said.

Article type: free
User access status:

Did you find this article insightful?


Across The Star Online