The celebration of a new beginning is indeed a special time when families come together. At this time in the year, Malaysians from the Indian community are getting ready to celebrate this in their own special way. Malaysia’s Tamil and Malayali communities will mark “Putthandu” and “Vishu” respectively. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Sikh community celebrates “Vaisakhi”, an auspicious day marking the birth of the “Khalsa”.
As many in the Indian community usher in the New Year, families throughout the country will surely reflect on their lives and be grateful for all that they are blessed with. Many will also resolve to work harder and improve their lives and the lives of those closest to them. In this determination to achieve progress, the Government will continue to play a role as a real partner of the Indian community. Together, we will deliver results that directly improve the quality of life of Malaysian Indians.
In realising the 1Malaysia concept, Indians play an important role in working with Government to address the issues faced by the people. The Government is constantly engaging directly with the people and implementing various programs to transform the country. In all our efforts, we are firmly committed to the principle that under the Malaysian sky, no community will be left out. The Government is also committed to deliver all our promises to the Indian community, and we have been doing just that over the last 3 years. The results are clear and the impact is positive.
In building a future full of hope for our families, our communities and our country, let us continue to build this partnership based on trust, or “nambikei”. I cannot build this future alone and so I need each and every one of you to walk with me in this journey to bring transformation and the light of hope to all Malaysians.
In the spirit of 1Malaysia, let us all take the opportunity to celebrate these special days together. I take this opportunity to wish all Hindus a very Happy New Year and to all Sikhs, a very Happy Vaisakhi.