KOTA KINABALU – The Punjabis of Sabah may be a small community but their vibrant and rich culture is still very much in evident.
It actually has an added value as they have been exposed to the diversity of races, culture and religions in the state.
“India –Malaysia relations date back into history and we have over the years developed close cultural ties,” said the Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Musa Aman in his speech at the Festival of India in Malaysia – Folk Dance and Music form.
In this respect the Festival of India, will further cement these ties he said in his speech delivered by the Minister of Tourism and Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun.
Musa stated that he is confident the festival will further strengthen the cultural links between the two countries, as in Sabah the Punjabi is also one of the many culture exist in the state.
“In Sabah, we live in harmony despite our diversity. It is my hope that we all continue to appreciate the different traditions that each of the community brings. Let us continue to uphold peace and unity as we move forward,” he said.
He also hoped that one day Sabah too can introduce the state unique and diverse culture to India.
The festival organised by the High Commission of India to Malaysia was the first of its kind. It showcase a vibrant and colourful folk dance and music the best of Punjab; which is in conjunction with the 2015 Malaysian Years of Festivals. – By Fizah Yusof/Sayang Sabah.