Published on: Sunday, November 03, 2013
"We have Indians who came here from India as well as from West Malaysia as surveyors and plantation workers.
Since independence, many of them here are now doctors, engineers, lawyers and a majority of all the professional bodies are represented by Indians.
"We are respected and we thank the Government who have also recognised us and given us this land to build a temple here," he said, adding that Sabah has six Hindu temples in Kota Kinabalu, Lokawi, Sandakan, Tawau, Kota Belud and Labuan.
"We are very happy with the peace and harmony in this State and are thankful to the State and Federal Government for ensuring it," he said, on the occasion of the Deepavali celebration at the temple in Bukit Padang which was attended by some 600 Hindu devotees, Saturday.
The ritual prayers started as early as 5am and by 7am there were special prayers which ended at about 8.30am followed by breakfast which ended at about noon.
"We are having special prayers to mark Deepavali which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and that's why we call it the Festival of Lights because with light, all darkness goes away and brightness comes and put us in enlightenment," he said.
"We had a good prayer with the whole Hindu community in Kota Kinabalu gathered here and it's also a time where all Hindu community will have their Deepavali open house with friends and guests," he added.
Meanwhile, Sabah MIC Liaison Chief Datuk V Jothi, who was present, said they prayed for unity, harmony and the health of our families and the nation.
"We have always prayed for the prosperity and peace, which we have been enjoying all these years.
We should be proud as Malaysian Indians that we are living in a wonderful country.
"We don't have any problems, in fact we should understand that in Sabah, we are living with all the races.
That means unity in diversity, thus this should be continued by the younger generation," he said.
He invited everyone to attend the MIC Sabah Open House at the Maksak Hall in Likas from 10am to 2pm today where the Head of State, Chief Minister and Cabinet members will also be present.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah Secretary Dr Roland Chia who is also Inanam Assemblyman were among guests.