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PAS Leader Says No Need For Thaipusam Holiday, MCO Is Already One

Thousonds of Hindu devotees celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.(27/01/2013/S.S.KANESAN/THE STAR)

After the announcement of Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor disrespected the rights of minorities when he canceled this year’s Thaipusam public holiday in the state, another PAS leader sought to do the same by supporting the statement saying that the Movement Control Order (MCO) is enough to be assumed as a holiday with everyone is forced to stay home.

Political Secretary Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden said that the decision was made because most Kedah-and is now on ‘holiday’ due to MCO.

Since public holidays are at a premium in Kedah, the move to establish Thaipusam as a public holiday needs the State Government’s authorization.

“The public holiday will not be given as many are now already at home.”

Previously, Muhammad Sanusi announced that there would be no Thaipusam public holiday.

With many seeing the move as illogical and confusing to the minority races in this country, political leaders and public members have risen to slam the Menteri Besar for violating the rights of the people to celebrate important days in their religions and cultures.

Thaipusam was marked as an occasional holiday in Kedah during Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah’s leadership in 2017.

Written by Ezri

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