Perutusan Hari Deepavali 2012

Selamat Hari Deepavali!

Bagi pihak Parti KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat, saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Deepavali kepada rakyat Malaysia yang merayakan hari ini, baik yang beragama Hindu, Sikh dan Jain. Deepavali, atau singkatannya Diwali, bermaksud ‘sebarisan pelita’ – suatu simbol kemenangan cahaya apabila berhadapan dengan kegelapan. Selari dengan semangat perayaan ini, ingin saya seru rakyat Malaysia untuk mengingati mereka yang sedang menghadapi ‘kegelapan’ dalam hidup masing-masing.

Apabila anda menyalakan pelita dipa bersama keluarga anda, harapan saya bahawa anda mengingati Puan Indra, yang masih menantikan keadilan untuk anaknya Kugan yang telah menjadi mangsa keganasan polis ketika dalam tahanan. Tatkala anda menjamu laddoo dan barfi, ingatlah ibu-ibu seperti Puan Suppama yang dinafikan bantuan kerajaan, malah tidak diizinkan mengisi borang e-kasih. Dikala kita menyambut hari perayaan ini sebagai rakyat Malaysia, masih terdapat ribuan penduduk berketurunan India yang masih tidak diiktiraf status kewarganegaraan mereka; antara ribuan ini, seramai 1,758 dari mereka telah membesar di rumah-rumah kebajikan yang dibiayai kerajaan, dan mereka kini tiada kerakyatan dan tiada dokumen pengenalan untuk membuktikan bahawa mereka rakyat asal Malaysia.

Deepavali dari segi spiritualnya meraikan cahaya – meraikan kebaikan yang wujud dalam hati setiap insan. Diwali merupakan suatu kemenangan atas segala kegelapan – baik yang lahir dari kejahilan dan prejudis, mahupun penganiayaan yang membabitkan seluruh masyarakat. Bersempena hari ini, ingin saya mengingatkan diri saya serta rakyat Malaysia bahawa perjalanan kita masih jauh, dan perjuangan kita terlalu hampir untuk kita pandang leka. Biarlah cahaya kemenangan itu bangkit semula, dan biarlah ia terus menerangi perjuangan kita rakyat Malaysia.

Deepavali Nalvazhthukal (தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துகள்)

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Presiden
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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Deepavali Greetings

Happy Deepavali!

On behalf of KEADILAN and Pakatan Rakyat, I would like to wish a Happy Deepavali to all Malaysians who celebrate this festive day, be you Hindu, Sikh or Jain. Deepavali, or in its shorter form Diwali,– the victory of enlightenment over darkness. In the spirit of today’s celebration, I would like to call upon my fellow Malaysians to remember with me those who face their own darkness every day.

As you light dipa lamps with your family, spare a thought to Mrs Indra who is still waiting for justice for her late son Kugan, a victim of police violence. While you feast on laddoo and barfi, remember mothers such as Mrs Suppama who are denied government welfare, and even turned away from registration with the e-kasih system. As we celebrate today as Malaysians, let us remember the thousands of Malaysians of Indian ethnicity who are not recognized as citizens of this land; among them are 1,758 Malaysians who were raised in government-funded welfare homes, and who are now bereft without citizenship or any form of identification, despite being born and bred in this very country.

Deepavali, in its essence, is a spiritual celebration of light – celebrating the good which exists in every living soul. Diwali represents the victory of this light over every form of darkness – be they born out of ignorance and prejudice, or  be they deliberate injustices which involve the community at large. In the spirit of Deepavali, I would like to remind all Malaysians, myself first and foremost, that our journey still lies far ahead, and our struggles are too near for us to ignore, even during a celebration such as today. May the Light shine brighter than ever upon us, and may it be a guide in our constant journey towards the betterment of Malaysia.

Deepavali Nalvazhthukal (தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துகள்)

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
President Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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