2017 Thaipusam Message

2017 Thaipusam Message

 

By

 

Gerakan National President cum

 

Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities

 

Y.B. Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong

 

 

We will celebrate the meaningful festival of Thaipusam on February 9, which commemorates the day Lord Murugan triumphed over evil by slaying a demon Soorapadman. This special day is a form of penance and thanksgiving for Tamil community. As we share the festive mood and lively spirit of our fellow Hindus in strengthening our social ties, it is also an opportunity for us to internalise the important message brought by Thaipusam.

 

Thaipusam is one of the most fascinating and engaging festivals celebrated by not just Tamil community but general Malaysian public. We are not just drawn to its colourful sights and astounding spirits, its spiritual message of righteousness, justice and steadfastness have continued to inspire us in our aim to live up to our potential as a nation, as well as individuals.

 

The continued thriving of Thaipusam and other colourful festivals in Malaysia is the strongest testimony to our religious and cultural diversity. Thaipusam listed as an important festival in our rich diverse cultural heritage calendar evokes a true sense of culture, heritage and pride among Malaysians.

 

For all its uplifting, spiritual properties the once-in-a-year Thaipusam should be gazetted as a public holiday nationwide. Thaipusam is a public holiday in certain states and federal territories in Malaysia. We hope other states would gazette this special religious festival as a public holiday in view of the significant presence and contributions by our 2 million-strong Indian community in the country.

 

It is our hope that Thaipusam would serve as an opportune occasion and realistic ground for the promotion of unity in diversity and harness it as our strength as we aim to progress as a nation.

 

On behalf of Gerakan, I wish all Hindus and Malaysians Happy Thaipusam!

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