Malacca (Malaysia), Oct.7 (ANI): Deepavali came early for 500 underprivileged families here who received cash aid totalling RM100,000 from the Malacca Welfare Department.
According to The Star, Malacca Chief Minister Mohammad Ali Rustam, who presented the money to the families, reminded them to cherish the stability in the country and to not sow discord among the races.
"We should consider ourselves fortunate compared with some in other parts of the world who suffer from natural disasters, terrorism and social unrest," he said during the ceremony at Dewan Hang Tuah yesterday.
Citing the recent natural disasters in Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines, he said thousands lost their lives and many others lost their homes and belongings.
"Deepavali is a time for us to strengthen ties with our neighbours from the other communities. This tradition must be upheld to ensure that the country remains stable while prospering," he added.
He said the open-house concept to mark festivities was not confined to any particular race, but a common practice adopted by all, irrespective of customs and religion. (ANI)