KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) — The practice of holding open houses during festivals in the country must be preserved to appreciate the customs and cultures of the multi-racial people in Malaysia, said the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
She said the rising trend in organising open houses also reflected the racial harmony and tolerance of the people in Malaysia, besides strengthening the existing ties.
“The strong bond that shows during these festivals will become our strength in defending the sovereignty of our country and thus, making it a peaceful and prosperous country.
“By coming together to celebrate festivals, we can show the world that, while they are fighting against each other in the name of their race and religion, the most important thing is the human race,” she said at the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress’ (MIMC) Hari Raya open house here.
At the event, Rosmah also presented “duit raya” and hampers to single mothers, senior citizens, orphans and disabled persons.
Rosmah also expressed hope that more quarters would support her charity work to help underprivileged groups.
“I will continue doing charity work to help those in need, especially the young people who are the future leaders of the country and all those critics don’t bother me,” she said.
Meanwhile, following the success of the Permata Seni Choir at the World Peace Choral Festival in Vienna, Austria, Rosmah said she was now focusing on efforts to help more young people to shine at the international level.