Published: Sunday January 13, 2013 MYT 12:59:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 13, 2013 MYT 9:17:19 PM
Najib: More can be done for Indian community with continued ‘nambikei’
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gave his assurance on Sunday that more could be done for the Indian community with unity and continued 'nambikei' between the Government and the community.
"With this unity and the continued 'nambikei' between us, I can assure you that we can do much more and reach out to every deserving Indian family, thereby ensuring that the progress of our nation is shared by all Malaysians alike," he said in his message posted on his www.1Malaysia.com.my blog in conjunction with the Ponggal celebration beginning Monday.
He said the arrival of the auspicious month of 'Thai' in the Indian calendar marked the celebration of 'Ponggal', a harvest festival that symbolised a new beginning.
"As our friends celebrate the bountiful harvest by their tradition of boiling milk and rice, we are reminded of the rapid growth of our country's transformation that has brought much success and continued development for the benefit of all Malaysians," he said.
Najib said Malaysia was a country full of opportunities and by strengthening unity as well as working hard together, all Malaysians would share the country's bounty, as the nation progressed towards a developed and high-income nation status by 2020.
Najib also wished all Malaysian Indians “Ponggal Vaalthukkal" (Ponggal greetings).
"Let us all come together in the spirit of 1Malaysia to join our friends and celebrate this festival with renewed hope that this festival of new beginnings will bring Malaysia more progress and success," he said. - Bernama