Malaysian Prime Minister’s surprise Gurudwara visit on Vasakhi

April 15th, 2009 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, Apr. 15 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak gave a pleasant surprise to country’s Sikh community by participating in the Vasakhi Day celebrations on Tuesday.Besides visiting the Sahib Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara for the first time, he also tried his hand at making chapattis, leaving other cooks delighted.

“I gave late notice as I did not want any pomp and pageantry. I wanted to meet you in a natural way and take part in the daily activities so I can better understand the aspirations and hopes of the Sikh community and all communities,” the New Strait Times quoted Razak, as saying.As the crowd cheered him, the Prime Minister greeted them by saying, “Sastrikal and Happy Vasakhi Day.”

“I want to show very clearly that this Government stands for all communities, races and religions,” Razak said.Razak mingled with members of the community and joined them for breakfast, after taking off his jacket to be more informal.After interacting with the kitchen staff, Razak met with blood donors at a corner of the hall.Community members, excited to meet the new Prime Minister, lined up to shake his hand and take photographs.In his speech, Razak expressed his appreciation and recognition of the Sikh community’s contribution to the country’s development through the years.Gurdwara staff said they were honoured by Prime Minister’s visit. (ANI)

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