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Tuesday August 21, 2012

Sharing the joy of Raya

Harmonious time: Abdullah posing with his guests (from left) Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Majimor, Jeanne and Puan Sri Su Hashim at the Hari Raya open house in Dewan Budi Penyayang at Kepala Batas.
Harmonious time: Abdullah posing with his guests (from left) Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Majimor, Jeanne and Puan Sri Su Hashim at the Hari Raya open house in Dewan Budi Penyayang at Kepala Batas.

IN Penang, people from different cultural backgrounds and all walks of life attended open houses in true Malaysian spirit to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

On the first day of the celebration, thousands of people attended the Hari Raya open house hosted by former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah to wish the couple ‘Selamat Hari Raya’.

The event was held at Pusat Budi Penyayang, Kepala Batas near Butterworth.

Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff were the special guests at the open house.

Also present to greet Abdullah and his wife were The Star executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim, Penaga assemblyman Datuk Azhar Ibrahim, Bertam assemblyman Zabariah Abdul Wahab, Penang Umno deputy chairman Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, Kepala Batas MCA chief Goh Poh Chuan, Penang MCA Public Complaint Bureau chief Tan Teik Cheng, former National Footballers Association deputy president Datuk M. Kuppan and state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus.

Also enjoying the event were several leaders from Barisan Nasional component parties including Gerakan, MIC, PPP and IPF.

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<p>Haikal Husain Ahmad Mustaqim, nine serving fried mee to R. Dineshwaran, nine while Chuah Ngee Sheng, five waits his turn during Badawi's open house at Dewan Budi Penyayang, Kepala Batas.
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Haikal Husain Ahmad Mustaqim, nine serving fried mee to R. Dineshwaran, nine while Chuah Ngee Sheng, five waits his turn during Badawi's open house at Dewan Budi Penyayang, Kepala Batas.

The guests were treated to a sumptuous array of Malaysian delicacies during the open house which began at 10am and ended at about 3pm.

Among the delights were satay, lemang, ketupat, rendang, laksa, cucur udang, ais kacang, cendol, char koay teow, mee rebus, roti canai, murtabak, popiah and roti jala.

In Balik Pulau on Penang island, a 10,000-strong crowd celebrated the start of Hari Raya Aidilfitri in true muhibbah spirit at the open house hosted by Umno.

Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya and Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhammad Farid Saad received their guests from all races.

Visitors were in a jolly mood as they were kept entertained with a host of melodious Raya songs.

Exuberant children greeted the elders while some were seen queuing excitedly for duit raya.

All the guests were also treated to a wide variety of mouth-watering local favourites such as mee rebus, cendol, ice-cream, char koay teow and the not-to-be missed Malay signature delicacy — the lemang.

Standing out from the merry crowd was Hasnah Ahmad.

The 42-year-old and her husband Helmy Manap, 43, brought along their six children aged between 13 and one.

The whole family looked resplendent in their matching light yellow outfits.

“We settled for yellow as it brings out a lively mood,” said Helmy.

Supervisor Rosaini Abdul Rahman, 44, brought her two Chinese friends Teoh Ee Teng, 33, and Tai Eng Thing, 42, to celebrate the joyous occasion.

“Attending an open house with friends from different races is one of the best ways to establish a closer relationship,” said Rosaini.

A festive mood also reigned at the senior police officers quarters in Sungai Dua.

More than 250 cops together with their guests attended the Hari Raya celebration held there.

Organised by the northeast district police headquarters, the event was also attended by Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abd Rahim Hanafi, his wife Datin Ramlah Mahmud, new Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng and Balik Pulau Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin.

Apart from enjoying a delicious buffet spread, guests were also entertained by a music band comprising policemen.

During the celebration, several police officers and Ramlah also sang Hari Raya songs.

Meanwhile at Changkat Bukit Gambier, Penang Tourist Centre Bhd chairman Datuk Syed Mohamad Aidid Syed Murtaza held an open house which was attended by some 100 of his relatives and friends.

A variety of dishes were served such as laksa, roti jala, char koay teow, cucur udang and ais kacang.

“This is a great gathering for all my friends of different races,” he said.

Over on the mainland, about 10,000 people turned up at the Hari Raya open house jointly hosted by Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mansor Othman and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The five-hour open house was held at Mansor’s service centre in Taman Guar Perahu in Penanti yesterday.

Mansor also handed out duit raya to the children who attended the function.

Among those present were Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Lim’s wife Betty Chew, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, state Speaker Datuk Abdul Halim Hussein as well as state executive councillors Chow Kon Yeow, Lim Hock Seng and Law Choo Kiang.

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