Cabinet members extend heartfelt Thaipusam greetings

Devotees during the Thaipusam celebration at Batu Caves in Selayang, Kuala Lumpur. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the Cabinet took to their respective social media accounts to extend their greetings to Hindus observing Thaipusam while emphasising the spirit of unity and diversity in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a post on Facebook said the beauty of Malaysia is filled with diverse races, religions, customs and traditions but the nation remains harmonious.

“Hopefully, this year’s Thaipusam will continue to foster the spirit of unity among the people in the country who are of various races, religions and nationalities, thus instilling inclusiveness and togetherness,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof also shared a Thaipusam greeting on his Facebook describing the festival as another manifestation of the country’s diversity and cultural richness.

“Hopefully, the spirit of unity within the framework of racial diversity will continue to be the pillar of harmony and well-being in our country, through understanding and appreciating diverse cultural traditions,” he said.

The Thaipusam greeting was also shared by Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu on his Facebook.

“May all my Hindu friends celebrate this year’s Thaipusam with joy with their beloved families. Strengthen unity, strengthen our relationships,” he said.

As for Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli, he called on Malaysians to make use of this public holiday by spending time with their families.

“May this year’s celebration be in a lively atmosphere with loved ones. To those who are on vacation, take some time to relax and be with your family,” he said.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz also took the opportunity to extend their Thaipusam wishes to all Hindus.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, on behalf of his ministry’s staff, shared Thaipusam greetings through a video on his Facebook.

“Hopefully, the spirit of unity in racial diversity will continue to be the basis of harmony and well-being in our country,” he said.

Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad through a post on Facebook stated: “May the spirit of unity in racial diversity continue to maintain harmony and well-being in our country. May you be given good health, abundant sustenance and God’s protection.”

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek through a post on her Facebook expressed the hope that Malaysia will continue to prosper and harmoniously build the integrity of a Madani country.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh and Minister of Plantation and Commodities Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani also sent greetings through their Facebook.

Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo through his Facebook hoped this meaningful day brings blessings, purity and harmony. — Bernama

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