MOE: ‘Haram’ for Muslim Civil Servants to participate in Ponggal celebration

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PUTRAJAYA, 13 Jan 2020 (The Capital Post) – As Malaysian Indians are preparing to celebrate Ponggal tomorrow , Ministry of Education has released a circular dated 13 January 2020 restricting Muslims from participating in it.

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Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other countries with a Tamil diaspora. The first celebration in the Tamil calendar, Pongal – or Thai Pongal – is a harvest and thanksgiving festival celebrated by Tamils around the globe.

Pongal has no religious significance and that it is a common Tamil festival for all Tamils and it is celebrated by people of various beliefs as well as Tamil Muslims.

“Ponggal can be a bridge to foster unity. This would be the best time for Malaysians to understand each other’s values and differences”, said a Netizen in a facebook comment responding to Ministry of Education directive in this matter. – The Capital Post

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