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Malaysian Indians celebrate Diwali

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 22 (IANS)- Malaysian Indians and people of the Hindu faith Wednesday celebrated Diwali with a great fervour here, media reported.

A Diwali open house was hosted by the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor, the Malaysian Star reported.

The event was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Federal Territories Minister Adnan Mansor, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri and about 5,000 people of diverse races.

"Diwali open house being held annually in the country could create a cordial atmosphere among each and every Malaysian," the prime minister said.

Ethnic Indians comprise a little over seven percent of Malaysia's total population of nearly 30 million.