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Wan Azizah Credits Convent Nuns From Her Schooling Days For Shaping Who She Is Today

She called unity in diversity "one of the most unique features of Malaysian life."

Cover image via Kamal Ariffin/The Malaysian Insight

At a Christmas reception yesterday, 25 December, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail credited nuns for instilling some of the good values that have shaped who she is today

"I want to share with you that I went to a convent school from Standard One until Form Five," the Pakatan Harapan president said, referring to St Nicholas Convent School in Alor Setar, Kedah.

"I am indebted to my nun teachers who taught me how to be polite, how to speak well, how to have a lot of patience. All this I learnt which is not (taught) in the books," she said at the Christian Federation of Malaysia's (CFM) event, according to Malaysiakini.

Sharing with the crowd what she learned from her time at a convent school, Wan Azizah said, "Charity begins at home. You have to be kind."

The Deputy Prime Minister emphasised on the importance of lending a helping hand when telling the origin story of Santa Claus, a rich orphan who helped three daughters of a poor man by dropping a bag of gold down their chimney.

"Try to help each other. These are the things that I learnt from the nuns," Wan Azizah said, The Malaysian Insight reported.

During her speech, Wan Azizah called unity in diversity "Malaysia's trademark" and "one of the most unique features of Malaysian life"

"The most beautiful thing about religious celebrations in this country is that people open their homes to their friends and neighbours, strengthening friendships and leaving lasting impressions," she said.

"Freedom of religion in this country has its best expression in people coming together to share in the religious celebrations of each other," she added.

The event organised by the Council of Churches Malaysia was also attended by Deputy Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh and Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, Malay Mail reported.

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