Ties and unity among communities still strong: Malaysian minister

KANGAR (Bernama) – Traditional festivities of a plural society including that of minority communities such as the people of Siamese (Thai) descent are also being celebrated by other races in the country reflecting the spirit of unity that has never eroded.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P Waytha Moorthy said that he hoped the people would support the government’s efforts in strengthening unity. He was speaking to the media after launching the Perlis Songkran Festival in Wat Macchimaprasit in Jejawi.

Siamese representative Senator Aknan Ehtook was also present.

The event was organised by the state’s United Siamese Welfare Association of Perlis and attended by more than 5,000 people.

Waytha, who is in charge of unity and social welfare, said he would bring up issues affecting the Siamese community and discuss them at ministerial level. They included education and  employment opportunities in the government sector.

“I will also discuss their request with the relevant ministries to make  Songkran or the Water Festival celebrations on April 13, to be included in Malaysia’s annual tourism calendar,” he added.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P Waytha Moorthy launches the Perlis Songkran Festival in Wat Macchimaprasit in Jejawi. – BERNAMA