PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has extended his Ponggal greetings and good wishes to the Tamil community, saying that the implementation of the movement control order should not be a hindrance to celebrate it meaningfully.
"May this year bring more blessings to all of us.
"The implementation of MCO should not be a hindrance for all of us to celebrate it with full of meaning along with our family and loved ones," said the Transport Minister in a Facebook post on Thursday (Jan 14).
With daily Covid-19 cases recorded at four digits since the end of November 2020, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a three-layered implementation of movement restrictions nationwide from Jan 13 to 26.
Ponggal, meaning "to boil over" in Tamil, is celebrated from the last day of the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January) to the third day of the Thai month (January-February).
Farmers in India celebrate it on the first day to represent the first harvest of the year.
Dr Wee, who is also the MCA president, also reminded all parties to follow the current standard operating procedures set by the relevant authorities.
"Take care of yourselves, follow the SOP, practise the new norms and we will win #SayangMalaysia," added the Ayer Hitam MP.
With the country still under the MCO, Malaysian Hindu Sangam president RS Mohan Shan had earlier reminded celebrants and devotees must prioritise safety and health on Ponggal day.
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