I was stuck in the middle of a long traffic line which was brought to a standstill by the state-level Maulidur Rasul procession in Sibu this morning. The hour-long jam turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for me to join in with other spectators to watch the spectacular procession passing by.
The miles-long procession line was in conjunction with the state-level celebration of Prophet Muhammad's birthday. The particupants , no less than 10,000 in number, were drawn from the Islamic religious bodies, various government departments and schools from all over the state. Together they fascinated the spectators with religious and cultural chants, kompang, citation and music.
As the seemingly non-stop procession passed by, it struck me that blessed is Malaysia with such admirable degree of tolerance in religion and race. While racial groups in some other countries still get entangled in exchanging slurs and fists, here in Malaysia we exchange festive visits in harmony.
Racial harmony and religious tolerance are fruits of hard work by all Malaysians. Let's preserve them with brotherly love and mutual respect.
The picture shows Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin leading the procession.
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