Salleh Said Keruak
The festival or Eid, or Aidilfitri as it is called in Malaysia, is more than just a religious festival to Malaysians. No doubt the religious significance of Eid Mubarak is to celebrate the end of the one-month fasting during the month of Ramadan. But since long before Merdeka, Aidilfitri has taken on a more national rather that Muslim celebration.
Only in Malaysia, you can see Malaysians of all races and religious beliefs celebrating Hari Raya together in the spirit of comradeship and brotherhood unlike other celebrations. Second to that would probably be the celebration of Chinese New Year. So, Hari Raya is very important not only from the religious standpoint but from the aspect of nation-building and racial harmony as well.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Malaysians of all races and religions a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Let us carry forward the spirit of ‘Anak Malaysia’ and strengthen it through Hari Raya.