KUCHING (Bernama) – The harvest festival, or Pongal, was celebrated by the Indian community in great merriment in a special function in Sarawak yesterday.
Being a minority group in Sarawak did not stop them from enjoying the joyous occasion at the Kuching Waterfront here.
State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, who officiated the celebration, said she hoped the function would become an annual event in Sarawak.
She also encouraged the organisers to come up with a bigger event next year, adding the state government was ready to request for more non-governmental organisations to join.
According to Fatimah, an event such as this enables social interaction to foster understanding among the races and pave the way for respect and harmony in a multi-racial country. More than 108 people took part in the Pongal celebrations organised by the Malaysian Hindu Sangam Sarawak State Council today, most of whom gathered under the canopy to cook a sweet dish made of rice and milk. Other activities held during the celebration include cultural dance performances, Kolam drawing demonstration and kabbadi games.
Also present was Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk Mohan Shan and Malaysian Hindu Sangam Sarawak State Council president, Krishnarao Subramaniam.