Vaisakhi promoted abroad to showcase Malaysia’s multicultural fabric, says minister


| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 30 April 2017 Asia Samachar |

CLOURFUL: Malaysian Minister of Culture and Tourism Nazri Abdul Aziz officiating the My Vaisakhi Festival 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on 29 April 2017 – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

It was a heavy downpour but that did not deter a huge crowd to converging for the My Vaisakhi Fest 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

People of all faiths converged at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC), just a short walk from the brightly lighted Petronas Twin Towers, to join the Sikh celebration last night (29 April 2017).

“Vaisakhi is also an important promotional efforts overseas,” Malaysian Minister of Culture and Tourism Nazri Abdul Aziz tells the crowd in his speech, underlining the fact that Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-religious.

Some may dismiss the text as a pre-election gimmick. Malaysia is, after all, preparing for its next general elections to decide on who will run the Federal Government. But Nazri has been saying the same thing for many years now. And this is not the first such event sponsored by the state for the Sikhs.

The evening of colour, music, song and dance was organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry and the Malaysian Punjabi Chamber of Commerce and Industries  (MPCCI). Also present was Tourism Malaysia chairman Siew Ka Wei.

The event also presented the various authentic Punjabi food served hot and piping to the guests. They had a chance to taste items like jalebi and ladoo.

Among the performers were bag pipers from Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band, dance troopers Bombay Beat Dancers and Punjabi Virsa, who danced to contemporary Hindi songs, in addition to the traditional bhangra.


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