Malaysia

From Deepavali, Muhyiddin wants racial unity

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hopes that Deepavali or the Festival of Lights for the Indian community will help overcome obstacles to unity among various races in this country.

He said this is to ensure that the people enjoy a harmonious life based on the tolerance policy that is very important in a multi-racial country like Malaysia.

In conjunction with the festival celebrated not only by the Indian population but other ethnic groups, Muhyiddin (picture) urged the people to be united in building a peaceful and developed Malaysia.

“Deepavali which is a public holiday and falls during the school holidays is the best chance for us to visit and appreciate the contribution of the Indian community which plays a role in developing our beloved country Malaysia.”

In his Deepavali message today, Muhyiddin said the festival is a symbol celebrating victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

“May the Deepavali celebration this year light up the Indian community in the country to enjoy a better life and lasting prosperity. To all Malaysian Hindus, I wish them a Happy Deepavali,” he added. — Bernama

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