Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy (2nd-left) attends the ‘Karnival Explorasi Perpaduan Merdeka 2018’ at Pantai Sri Tujuk in Tumpat. Pic by SYAMSI SUHAIMI

KOTA BARU: The government will introduce Cultural Diversity Day to instil the spirit of unity among Malaysians, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy.

Waytha, who is in charge of national unity and social wellbeing, said the special celebration is expected to be held in March next year.

“Since becoming a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, I have been thinking about what should be done and the changes we should bring to instil unity among the various races.

“I think the Cultural Diversity Day will serve as a good platform to showcase Malaysia’s cultures and traditions.

“For example, the Tarian Asyik and Rebana Kerching may only be popular in Kelantan but I want them to be visible to all Malaysians so that we can learn more about our country’s culture,” he said.

Waytha said this after officiating the state-level ‘Karnival Explorasi Perpaduan Merdeka 2018’ at Pantai Sri Tujuk here today.

Present was Kelantan National Unity and Integration Department director Norwahidah Zinalibdin.

Waytha also praised the Kelantanese culture for being able to unite the people, saying it should serve as a model for other states to follow.

“Kelantanese culture is very unique and everyone regardless of race is able to speak the Kelantanese dialect well.

“When I was having breakfast at a Chinese coffeeshop here this morning, I was impressed to see that 80 per cent of its customers are Malay.

“They managed to unite the people of Kelantan through food and this is a very different environment compared to the west coast.

“On the west coast, you can only see Indians at Indian eateries and Chinese at Chinese establishments,” he added.

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