The arrival of the auspicious month of ‘Thai’ in the Indian calendar marks the celebration of ‘Ponggal’, the harvest celebration that symbolises a new beginning.
As our friends signify the bountiful harvest by their tradition of boiling milk and rice, we are reminded of the rapid growth of our country’s transformation agenda that has brought much success and continued development for the benefit of all Malaysians.
Malaysia is a country full of opportunity and by strengthening unity as well as working hard together, all Malaysians will share in the country’s harvest as we progress towards becoming a developed and high-income nation by 2020.
Through a strong commitment and trust, or ‘nambikei’, between the Government and the Indian community, we have been able to bring much improvement and transformation to the community as a whole. As we march forward in this new year, I call upon the Indian community to stay united and focused in achieving the best outcomes through the various initiatives the Government is delivering for the community. With this unity and the continued ‘nambikei’ between us, I can assure you that we can do much more and reach out to every deserving Indian family, thereby ensuring that the progress of our nation is shared by all Malaysians alike.
With this hope, I wish all Malaysian Indians, ‘Ponggal Vaalthukal’ and a very happy ’Ponggal’. Let us all come together in the spirit of 1Malaysia to join our friends and celebrate this festival with renewed hope that this festival of new beginnings will bring Malaysia more progress and success.