Political party wants Deepavali declared as 2-day holiday in Malaysia

Political party wants Deepavali declared as 2-day holiday in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - MIC is urging the Government to declare an additional public holiday for Deepavali so that the community can enjoy a two-day public holiday.

Malaysia currently observes a one-day public holiday for the festival, which is predominantly celebrated by the Indian community.

"Deepavali is an important festival that is celebrated by Hindus, Indians (and) Sikhs throughout the world. It used to be a one-day festival, but now it has become a 30-day festival.

"I will speak to the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) on the proposal in a few days' time. The other ethnic groups get a two-day public holiday," MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said.

In Deepavali-related price check operations, Domestic Trade, Coo­peratives and Consumerism Mini­s­­ter Datuk Hasan Malek said 3,059 traders had been caught flouting the price control scheme since July.

Most of them had failed to display pink price tags for price-controlled items, he said.

He said nine others were found to have sold such items above the ceiling price.

The ministry also seized over RM921,000 (S$362,000) worth of products from the traders, who were fined a total of RM265,280, he added.

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