KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was all smiles today as he joined over 5,000 people at the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Deepavali open house at Putra World Trade Centre here. Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, both clad in matching cream and gold traditional Indian garb, arrived at 10.20 am at the Merdeka Hall, where they were treated to a sumptuous Deepavali feast, including tosai, putu mayam, muruku and fried mee.
Speaking to reporters, Najib said the merry celebration was held true to Indian customs, and was a showcase of Malaysian unity. “It is during these types of festivities that we can all meet with our friends, and work towards strengthening and maintaining the harmony of living in a society of many races and religions,” he said.
Najib also took part in a cake-cutting ceremony with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel. Palanivel said it was the first time MIC had hosted its open house at PWTC. “It is a big honour for us to welcome the prime minister and all the other dignitaries to this celebration of unity,” he said.
Also present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri and Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan, MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, former MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu.