King, Queen extend Thaipusam greetings

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) —  The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah today extended their Thaipusam greetings to Hindus in the country.

In a post on Istana Negara’s Instagram today, Their Majesties hoped that the festival would foster the spirit of unity and brotherhood among diverse communities in this peaceful and prosperous country.

“May this meaningful day for the Hindus be celebrated with joy and happiness in the company of their loved ones,” according to the post.

Late Wednesday, BERNAMA also reported National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang extending his Thaipusam greetings to Hindus in the country.

“May this celebration continue to strengthen the relationship between Malaysians of all races and religions,” he said in a posting on his official Facebook account.

“We must remember that diversity is the strength of harmony in this country.”

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Federal Territories) Dr Zaliha Mustafa and Minister of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali also extended their Thaipusam greetings on their respective Facebook accounts.

“In the spirit of togetherness, we can further strengthen unity among communities of different religions and races. Thaipusam also allows us to appreciate the uniqueness of every tradition in Malaysia.

“Together we build a society which adheres to the values of harmony and diversity. Happy Thaipusam!” said Dr Zaliha.