This week, many in the Indian community will be ushering in their respective New Year celebrations. While the Tamil and Malayali community celebrates “Chitirai Putthandu” and “Vishu” respectively, the Sikh community will mark the birth of “Khalsa” with the “Vaisakhi” celebration. New Year is the time we reflect on our past journey and celebrate new beginnings and opportunities with hope.
I am reminded of a conversation I had with S. Prakash, a successful Indian entrepreneur whom I met last week where despite his disabilities, he has been able to further his studies to the doctorate level and is successful in his training and motivation business. He is very positive with his life and shared with me how he was inspired by the quote “When one door closes, another door opens”.
Like Prakash, many in the community too face hardships and obstacles in their pursuit for a happy and better living standards for the current and future generation. Even as a nation, we are not spared from such challenges. However, we must always remember that we are in this journey together and whatever that comes our way, we will overcome it with the strengthened “nambikei” or trust we have established over the last 7 years.
I want to have more engagements with the community. I want to know more of your inspiring achievements so that together, we can help to shape a better and brighter future for all those in the community who still need our assistance.
I call upon all Malaysians to join me in wishing our Indian brothers and sisters good health, happiness and success in the coming year. “Chitirai Putthandu Vaalthukal” and “Vishu Ashamsakal” to our Tamil and Malayali friends and to our Sikh friends, “Aap Sab Nu Vaisakhi Di Lakh Lakh Vadai Hovey”.