Deepavali greetings to all!

It is customary to send out “Happy Deepavali” greetings to all Hindus on this auspicious day marking the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil.

This year however many Malaysians, both Hindus and non-Hindus are not in a mood to feel “happy”, as they are in “protest” mode with increasing signs of lack of proper respect for all religions in the country and especially after the insensitive and sacrilegious demolition of the 40-year-old Sri Maha Mariaman Temple in Kampung Rimba Jaya in Shah Alam when Deepavali was just a week away.

Such a backdrop makes Deepavali even more significant for it must be a day to fortify resolve for light to overcome darkness and good to triumph over evil in order to end the long list of injustices and wrongs in our nation, 50 years after Merdeka.

Deepavali greetings to all.

  1. #1 by Godfather on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 10:31 am

    May the festival of lights illuminate the vision of the Indian community to see the leaders of MIC for what they are – mere machais for UMNO, and hoarding all the crumbs thrown by UMNO to the Indian community.

    Reject Semi Value and his bunch of clowns.

  2. #2 by voice on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 10:44 am

    Happy Deepavali to all the Hindus!
    What we hope for is a change for a better tomorrow, and I’m so happy to see this in my hometown!
    Can’t wait for that day!

  3. #3 by shaolin on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 10:50 am

    After 50 years of Merdeka we should NOT be talking about
    how to unite the peoples any more!!

    However the KerisMuddin still wants to be ARROGANT,
    neive and talk senseless over the progress of the nation.

    The whole bunch of square-headed MPs and insensitive
    UMNO leaders created the long list of injustices in the
    country. How can a country progress well with this bunch
    of Big Monkeys around doing all the mischievous acts in
    the parliament and feel normal without any shame and
    being regretable over their foolish acts!!

    Still the Big Monkeys demand that Minority Groups are
    RESPONSIBLE to provide foods and money to The Malays,
    The Majority Group! We as Minority Groups MUST SPOON-
    FEED them, later on we MUST put them on Wheelchairs,
    and finally be bed-ridden!!!

    With New NEP, Minority Groups MUST HELP the rich MALAYS
    to buy bigger Bungalows/Big Houses with lower prices(

  4. #4 by negarawan on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 10:58 am

    Happy Deepavali to all Hindus in Malaysia! May God bless you all with peace and prosperity……

  5. #5 by bhuvan.govindasamy on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 12:29 pm

    The correct term is “Happy Theevavalli”. Deepavalli is a bastardized pronunciation to help the malay, which I’m dead against.

    Anyway, HAPPY THEEVAVALLI my dear brethren.

  6. #7 by AhPek on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 1:09 pm

    To all Indian commenters of Kit’s blog, a very Happy Deepavali and
    may the LIGHT illuminate and enlighten the Indian community to an extent that they will see the real Samy for what he actually is —a man who serves only his own interest using the Indian community and definitely not the interest of the Indian community!

  7. #8 by k1980 on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 2:07 pm

    The violent break up of Yugoslavia, the civil war in Sri Lanka, the simmering tensions in Fiji… will umno never learn?

  8. #9 by raven77 on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 2:25 pm

    It’s the festival of lights…but there appears to be darkness all around…..has evil overcome good….HAPPY DEEPAVALI

  9. #10 by akarmalaysian on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 3:13 pm

    HAPPY DEEPAVALI to all hindus in Malaysia.May the years ahead bring brightier, better and fairer leaders to lead all of us.

  10. #11 by Filibuster on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 3:35 pm

    Happy Deepavali to my fellow Hindus in Malaysia. Be safe, and may the future be bright for everyone :)

  11. #12 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 5:05 pm

    bhuvan.govindasamy Says:

    November 8th, 2007 at 12: 29.11
    “The correct term is “Happy Theevavalli”. Deepavalli is a bastardized pronunciation to help the malay, which I’m dead against.”

    Which is which? Now I hear “Diwali” too over the waves. Is someone trying to confuse our Indian brethren?

    Happy Theevavalli to all Hindu friends. Trusting you will put your trust in PKR and DAP in the next GE. Indian votes may be the important swing votes in many constituencies too.

    Happy holidays. The next government should consider giving 2 days national holiday for Theevavalli too. It’s only fair.

  12. #13 by undergrad2 on Thursday, 8 November 2007 - 9:27 pm

    Yes, happy Deepavali!

    May the lights shine on Sammy’s head and through his toupee to reveal what this man is really about. The image of this man has flashed across our TV screens and dominated the air waves for the last twenty plus years. It is twenty plus years too long! Never trust a politician who wears a toupee – nor a snake who plays with the monkey.

  13. #14 by Bigfoot on Friday, 9 November 2007 - 12:52 am

    It’s an absolute shame that the UMNO AGM clashed with this years Deepavali celebration because of the PM’s “tight schedule”, as reported on Malaysiakini. All previous PM’s made the time, despite their heavy schedule. It’s not like the date is not fixed.

    Be that as it may, it UMNO delegates could have taken the time to apologize for the clash of the timing of their AGM with the Hindu celebration, and wish all Hindus a very Happy Deepavali. In this manner, such UMNO delegates could have come out looking as magnanimous. Instead, some UMNO delegates have come out looking like shameless cretin, by choosing to chastise and insult Hindus instead, as per the NST article entitled “Delegates slam Indian anger over temple demolition”.

    Who is this Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim to call for the enactment of a new law to govern the affairs of non-Muslims? Who is this Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim to warn other races ‘not to play with fire’ and undermine racial unity? Who is this Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim anyway? If anything her words are fire, and undermine racial unity.

    This Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim and her UMNO buddies should take stock of the fact that when they make such remarks, they actually insult their ancestors. For the ancestors of Malays were Hindu, Buddhist or animist, long before the arrival of Islam. They may try to deny it, but their Hindu ancestry comes out clearly in both the Malay language and culture.

    We even see it in their names. The Malay name “Siti Dewi” is derived from the Hindu “Sita Devi”. The Malay name “Rohani” is derived from the Hindu “Rohini”. Ask any Hindu, as they will tell you that these names are deeply revered in Hinduism.

    So this Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim (or should I say Kamala A/P Brahma?) should show some respect for her possible Hindu ancestors, if not Hindu Indians, before making such ludicrous and incendiary comments.

  14. #15 by Bigfoot on Friday, 9 November 2007 - 1:14 am

    Correction. The above report appeared in The Straits Times, not the NST.

  15. #16 by sotong on Friday, 9 November 2007 - 6:58 am

    Happy Diwali.

  16. #17 by ZePenguin on Friday, 9 November 2007 - 12:33 pm

    Diwali is a term used by those northern-indians but I wonder why this stupid term is being used in Malaysia, eventhough the southern-indians are the majority here.

    I’m strongly against the idea of popularising that ‘diwali’ word and encourage all my Hindu friends and other Malaysians to propagate the original ‘deepavali’ term.

    Hence, Happy DEEPAVALI to all! =)

  17. #18 by bhuvan.govindasamy on Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 10:09 pm

    ZePenguin is correct. Diwali is a term invented by the Aryan barbarians. However, according to mythology Krishna killed Narakasura, thus giving birth to Theevavalli. Krishna was dark (black, not blue as believed by Hindus under the oppressive thumb of the Brahmins) and Narakasura was a Saivaite (original religion practiced by the Dravidians). So from both these facts (derived from myth), Theevavalli is exclusively a southern Indian celebration, thus falling under the jurisdiction of Tamil (the oldest living language in the world, even pre-dates Sanskrit).

    Thus the correct term is: Theevavalli.

  18. #19 by hopetobemalaysian on Monday, 26 November 2007 - 7:55 pm

    Yes DAP is the way, but it is not possible every where. Other opposition not reliable (maybe not even trustable!). DAP should stand in more places. DAP or refrain

  19. #20 by deepavali on Tuesday, 5 January 2010 - 6:34 am

    There are over 200 languages in India, so we shouldn’t argue about those 2 or 3 terms – instead we should just tolerate their co-existence.

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