KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has wished the Tamil community Happy Ponggal as it marks the festival related to bountiful harvests.
In a post on his official Facebook page yesterday, Muhyiddin said although there were no visitations, the festival should be celebrated in the best way possible with family members.
Ponggal is celebrated for four days beginning Wednesday as a form of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
The word Ponggal in Tamil means “to overflow”, hence the tradition of cooking the new rice in fresh milk in pots until they overflow to symbolise abundance, fortune and prosperity.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also extended his greetings and good wishes to the Tamil community, saying that the implementation of the movement control order should not hinder the symbolism of the event.
“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 yesterday.
With daily Covid-19 cases at four digits since last November, the Prime Minister has announced a three-layered implementation of movement restrictions nationwide from Jan 13 to 26.
Dr Wee reminded all parties to follow the current standard operating procedure 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 lawmaker.
With the country still under the MCO, Malaysian Hindu Sangam president RS Mohan Shan had earlier reminded celebrants and devotees to prioritise safety and health during Ponggal.
Six states are under the MCO, which prohibits interdistrict and interstate movements.
These are Selangor, Penang, Johor, Sabah, Melaka and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
The conditional MCO is enforced in Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan, while the recovery MCO is implemented in Perlis and Sarawak (except Kuching, Sibu and Miri, which are under the conditional MCO).
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