thaipusam holiday – HINDRAF work, MIC get name

January 21st, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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According to MHS:

Malaysian Hindu Sangam president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said the Hindus here are definitely happy as the organisation had been appealing for over 20 years for Thaipusam to be declared a holiday for the Federal Territory.

Wonder how long MIC being asking for it.

Thanks to Hindraf Rally, the wish is granted in 2008! Of course, having an election around the corner plays a role too.

Worst is NST who attributed the success to MIC (Headline screams: Holiday for KL, Putrajaya thanks to MIC’s efforts). In Malay, there is a proverb – “lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama.”  (the cow’s milk, but buffalo gets name).

The news came out early when PM hinted that cabinet will consider the proposal to declare Thaipusam as public holiday, when he attended the Ponggal Festival celebration at Bukit Bintang. It became reality when he announced it on Sunday evening.

Hindu groups welcome holiday

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KUALA LUMPUR: More Hindus will be visiting temples throughout the country now that Thaipusam is a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Malaysian Hindu Sangam president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said the Hindus here are definitely happy as the organisation had been appealing for over 20 years for Thaipusam to be declared a holiday for the Federal Territory. He urged Kedah and Malacca to consider similar appeals for Thaipusam to be declared a holiday there as both states have a considerable number of Hindus.

A Hindu NGO, Mamandram, also welcomed the good news. Mamandram president Prof N.S. Rajendran said the declaration is timely and apt.

Holiday for KL, Putrajaya thanks to MIC’s efforts

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KUALA LUMPUR: Starting this year, Thaipusam will be an annual public holiday in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced this yesterday to cheers and thunderous applause from thousands of Indians and Barisan Nasional supporters.

He said the decision was made after several calls were made by the MIC to have Thaipusam declared a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur.

“Yes, (Datuk Seri S.) Samy Vellu kept asking for Thaipusam to be made a public holiday, especially in Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, every year during Thaipusam, the roads in Kuala Lumpur become very congested,” he said.

However, after the holiday, the people must continue to work hard, Abdullah said at a MIC-organised gathering yesterday.

Also present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho.

Thaipusam is currently a state holiday in Selangor, Penang, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Johor. Thaipusam is also celebrated at the Sri Subramaniar Temple on the Cheroh mountain in Ipoh, Perak and in Jalan Waterfall in Penang.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Hindu Sangam president Datuk A. Vaithilingam welcomed Abdullah’s statement. He added that for more than 20 years, Hindus had been asking for this.

Vaithilingam also appealed to Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam to gazette Thaipusam as a public holiday in their states as there was a large number of Hindus who visited Sungai Petani and Malacca to celebrate the festival.Thaipusam holiday for KL and Putrajaya

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By JANE RITIKOS and MARTIN CARVALHO

KUALA LUMPUR: Thaipusam will be a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who announced this yesterday to more than 20,000 people from the Indian community at MIC’s Gathering with the Prime Minister at the Badminton Stadium in Cheras yesterday, said he had considered the request by the MIC to declare Thaipusam a public holiday. “We discussed this matter. They said that during Thaipusam there would be traffic jams everywhere in Kuala Lumpur and it is difficult to get to work. So let it be a holiday,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

Thaipusam, which falls on Wednesday, is already a public holiday in Selangor, Penang, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Johor.

The crowd starting cheering and clapping even before he made the announcement. They cheered as soon as he first brought up the subject by relating how the Indian community at the Ponggal event in Bukit Bintang on Saturday night had reacted excitedly when he promised to consider their request.

When the crowd cheered, he said: “Why are you all cheering?” and the people replied: “Cuti! (Holiday).” “But we must continue to work. When it is a holiday, we have a holiday. But when it is time to work, we must work hard. Promise this, promise this,” he said.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu thanked Abdullah for the public holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. “The Hindus in Malaysia have been waiting for a long time for such good news, and I hope they will not be disappointed,” he said.

He told reporters that although a national holiday had not been declared, the MIC was happy with the news. He added that the party would forward its appeal for the event to be declared a public holiday in Kedah and Malacca to the states’ mentri besar and chief minister respectively.

Earlier in his speech at the gathering, Samy Vellu said the MIC had also brought up the Thaipusam holiday request with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique.

He added that MIC was confident the Indian voters would steadfastly remain with Barisan Nasional. “Let us show to the country that the Indian community fully supports the Prime Minister. We will swim or sink with Barisan,” said Samy who called Abdullah “our leader and the leader for all Malaysians”.

Samy Vellu admitted that there were still many unresolved grievances within the Indian community. “At the heart of the problem are many issues related to delivery and implementation by the civil service and local governments,” he said.

He took to task “certain political forces” trying to weaken Indian representation in the Government.

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