Friday, 16 October 2009

Happy Deepavali greetings from the Prime Minister

Happy Deepavali greetings from the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says Deepavali, which will be observed on Saturday as Muslims continue to celebrate Aidilfitri, provides a golden opportunity for ties between ethnic groups to be strengthened in the true 1Malaysia spirit.
In extending Deepavali greetings to Malaysian Hindus, he says it is customary of members of the Indian community to graciously welcome their fellow Malaysians to their "open house", thus permitting all to interact with one another and enjoy Indian delicacies such as "jalebi" and "murukku" in mutual respect, harmony and unity. Writing in his blog,, Najib said that after having received a warm reception from Indian Malaysians this year, he was very much looking forward to attending such an open house, to be held at the Putra World Trade Centre here on Saturday. "This reminds me of the time I went on a walkabout in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, and of my conversations with traders there while I had a glass of refreshing iced lemon tea," he says.
"Most recently, I was happy to receive an invitation to the Hindu temple in Batu Caves. There, I saw Malaysians of various cultural backgrounds participating in the Batu Caves 1Malaysia carnival, held for the first time. "I hope more such festivals of this nature can be organised," says the prime minister. - Bernama

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