KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, has urged the people to be grateful because Malaysians of all religions are free to conduct worship and celebrate their respective festivals with joy and excitement.
“Transcending borders and differences, Malaysians celebrate holy festivals of various religions in harmony and by visiting each other.
“Malaysians can also continue their daily lives with a sense of tolerance and without any distinction between people of different communities and religions. It is an unparalleled gift and blessing from Allah,” he said in a Hari Raya Aidilfitri address to the nation.
The King said Malaysia’s situation was far different from that of Muslims in Palestine where Israel had carried out attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan when prayers were being performed.
“Malaysia and the world strongly condemn the attacks on the Palestinian worshippers and the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces,” he said, while urging the people to cultivate a commitment to continue to be united and maintain peace in the country.
Sultan Abdullah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, also prayed for the safety and well-being of Malaysians affected by the conflict in Sudan and hoped for a peaceful solution to the conflicts in Sudan and Palestine.
His Majesty also expressed his appreciation for the sacrifices of those who are on duty during Aidilfitri, especially health workers, the armed forces and police as well as all those entrusted with safeguarding the well-being, peace and sovereignty of the country.