No cheer as Thaipusam holiday still not a national public holiday
Only five states in Malaysia had declared that Thaipusam is a state public holiday. These states are Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johore. DAP has echoed the legitimate calls by the Indian community to request Thaipusam to be declared a public holiday and not just a state holiday.
The Prime Minister declared that Thaipusam was made a public holiday for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya to reduce the traffic jam in the capital during the festival.
It is an insult to the Indian community that this is the reason for Thaipusam to be made a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as the government’s decision has ignored the Indian community’s rightful request to be recognized.
If this were the logic used by the government, is the government prepared to declare more public holidays whenever there is a huge traffic jam during any festivals?
Thaipusam should be called a national public holiday to respect the religious rights of Malaysian Indians and not because of traffic jam in the capital as well as to enhance racial integration in Malaysia.
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