PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) extended Thaipusam greetings to all Malaysian Hindus and said he hoped the celebrations this year would continue to foster unity and preserve the country’s harmony and prosperity.
He said Thaipusam this year had to be celebrated in moderation, without the usual processions as in previous years so as to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would like to thank all Hindus for complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) by performing the rituals according to the new norms in their respective homes.
“Usually, Thaipusam is celebrated in Malaysia with chariot processions journeying to the Hindu temples bearing the statue of Lord Muruga, kavadis and also ‘paal koodam’ (milk pot kavadi), ” he posted on his Facebook page.
Muhyiddin said Thaipusam is one of the main religious ceremonies for Hindus around the world and celebrated in the month of “Thai”, the 10th month in the Tamil calendar.
He said for Hindus, Thaipusam is an opportunity to fulfil their vows.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also extended Thaipusam greetings to Hindus in the country.
Dr Wee, who is also Transport Minister, called on everyone to follow the SOP and rules stipulated by the National Security Council (NSC) and Health Ministry.
“Although we are going through the movement control order due to the Covid-19 pandemic, every festive or special event is still a celebration under the new norm.
“Let’s adhere to the SOP set by the NSC and Health Ministry for everyone’s good.
“Happy celebrating Thaipusam to all Hindus in Malaysia, ” he posted on his Facebook page.