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KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of people took part in a colourful Mid-Autumn Festival event to showcase the 1Malaysia spirit.
The crowd, mostly Malays, enjoyed the various performances and also took part in a lantern-making competition as they learnt more about the second most popular Chinese festival.
The event, themed “A Celebration of Unity in Diversity”, which was organised by the National Unity and Integration Department, The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and several other
organisations, was held at the PPR flats of Kampung Baru Air Panas in Setapak here yesterday.
Housewife Haliza Osman, 56, who was with her children and grandchildren, said: “I have always wanted to know more about the festivals of other races but found no opportunity as most of the celebrations were held at night,” she said.
Flight operator Mohamad Azli Abdul Latip, 35, whose daughter Ruwaida Husma, six, was among the 1,000 who performed at the celebrations, said he learnt a little bit more about the festival’s history and cultural aspects.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said it was aimed at introducing the festival to the non-Chinese, especially the young generation, to promote unity and better understanding among the races.
Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, more than 600 people attended the Muhibbah Walk at Dataran PJ to celebrate the unity of Malaysians.
Student Teoh Jia Yuan, 17, who came with her friends said: “It was the best way to mingle with fellow Malaysians.”
Another student, Muhammad Salim Bahari, 21, from Penang, said that although the journey was tiring, the walk turned out to be an exciting experience.
The event was organised by The Movement, Vision 2 Transform and Oh My Guru with the theme “Faces Without Races.”
The walk was endorsed by Destiny Trendsetters, The Department of National Unity and Integration (Prime Minister’s Department) and Rakan Muda.
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