She said Malaysian irrespective of race and religion have always been celebrating various festivals together, and that unique culture should be extended to the less fortunate.
“The Hindu observes Deepavali as the ‘festival of light’ while the Sikh community ushers it in as a ‘celebration of freedom’,”
“Nevertheless, Malaysians at large will celebrate the festival together,” she said.
Ong contributed a total of RM28,000 to 12 Indian NGOs and Hindu temple committees to be channeled to the needy.
She said the fund came from her parliamentary allocations as well as other sources.
The 1000-odd crowd celebration was graced by MIC president G. Palanivel, who also handed out financial aid to 800 people.