Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hopes that the Festival of Lights, 'Diwali' for the Indian community will help overcome obstacles to unity between various races in the country.
In conjunction with the festival celebrated not only by the Indian population but other ethnic groups, he urged the people to be united in building a peaceful and developed Malaysia.
"Deepavali which is a public holiday and falls during the school holidays is the best chance for us to visit and appreciate the contribution of the Indian community which plays a role in developing our beloved country Malaysia," The Star quoted Yassin, as saying.
In his Diwali message, Muhyiddin said the festival is a symbol celebrating victory of good over evil and light over darkness, the report said.
"May the Deepavali celebration this year light up the Indian community in the country to enjoy a better life and lasting prosperity. To all Malaysian Hindus, I wish them a Happy Deepavali," he said. (ANI)