GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 – Penang People’s Progressive Party (PPP) chairman Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan said today he would not hold a Deepavali ‘open house’ this year as a mark of respect for all victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights MH370 and MH17 tragedies. Loga Bala, who is deputy federal territories minister, said the decision was also made as a mark of respect for his schoolmate from Bukit Mertajam High School, steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu, who perished in the MH17 tragedy.

“As this year’s Deepavali is approaching shortly, for the many who have frequented my Deepavali open house in Taman Bukit, Bukit Mertajam, in the past, I would like to state and inform that I will not be holding an open house this Deepavali,” he said in a statement. Deepavali falls on Oct 22. Flight MH370 dropped off radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft has yet to be found, even after an exhaustive search in the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course.

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft is believed to have been shot down over the troubled country. Loga Bala took the opportunity to wish all Malaysian Hindus ‘A Very Happy Deepavali’. “Those of you who will be driving back to your hometowns, please drive carefully, ensure road safety and have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones,” he said.

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