Kedah MB not to cancel Thaipusam holiday

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Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor disrespected the rights of minorities in this country when he announced the cancellation of this year's Thaipusam public holiday (cuti peristiwa) in the state, MCA vice-president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said.

In a statement today, Tan said Sanusi's decision to use the Movement Control Order 2.0 (MCO) as an excuse is illogical and confusing to the minority races in this country.

"Everyone from different races and religions should be able to celebrate their own holidays, just that in light of the pandemic, everyone needs to adapt to the new norm by not holding big celebrations or be in crowded spaces.

"But why cancel the Thaipusam public holiday? Cancelling the celebration and cancelling the public holiday are two very different things by definition.

"Does this mean that the Hindus can't celebrate this important day even at home where they adhere to all standard operating procedures (SOP)?

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