He said by doing so, they would be able to lead a happy and progressive life.
“We, Malaysians, are from different background, culture and religion, but what makes us a strong and close community is that we respect one another. We must take steps to ensure that all Malaysians can celebrate their respective custom, culture and religion,” he said when speaking at a Ponggal festival at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple here yesterday night (Jan 15).
Also present was Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“We celebrate each other’s celebrations not only with open hearts, but also with open houses where we eat together. That is the Malaysian culture, we celebrate it together,” he said.
He said the country’s multiracial society should not be influenced by certain quarters using issues to stir racial sentiments as it could jeopardise harmony.
Ponggal or harvest festival is a celebration for the Indian community, especially for farmers, and falls on the 10th month of the Tamil calendar.
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