Kuala Lumpur, June 29 (ANI): The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Perak, Azlan Shah, has saluted the Malay-Sikh community for its contributions to the country's economic, cultural and political fields.
"They form an invaluable and integral part of our colourful social fabric and deserve due recognition for their contribution, as much as any other citizen, to Malaysia's economic, cultural and political life," The Star quoted Sultan Azlan Shah, as saying.
Speaking at the launch of a book titled 'Sikh Community in Malaysia', Sultan Azlan Shah applauded the way the Sikhs have managed to retain their distinct cultural identity, despite being a minority.
He said their strong religious beliefs, cultural practices and strong sense of community had undeniably afforded them resilience and distinction.
Sikhs made their entry into Malaysia in the 19th century and quickly became known for their gallantry in the security forces, he noted.
"Today, the community's role and influence extends to other fields, with prominence in professions such as medicine and law," Sultan Azlan said.
Later, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim told reporters that the ministry would work to highlight the cultural heritage of other minority communities.
"We may start a series of shows on RTM highlighting the cultural and musical background of the Sikh community next week," he added. (ANI)