Having a green Raya

Guests were given recyclable and environmentally friendly utensils at the Go Green Hari Raya Open House organised by MBSA

THE Shah Alam City Council organised an unconventional but heartwarming Hari Raya open house for some 5,000 guests on Tuesday.

Big on green initiatives, the council decided on a “Go Green” theme for the event, which was held at the Shah Alam Stadium.

From the decorations to the cutlery, the council ensured that everything used was environmentally friendly.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said the decision was in line with their understanding with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) for a green city.

“We used our own plants as decorations, plastic and paper cutlery, recyclable materials for the tents and ensured there were adequate recycling bins,” he added.

Food waste separation at source was also carried out to help educate the guests on the proper rubbish disposal methods as well.

He said the entire event was organised for less than RM200,000.

Present at the event was Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali as well as Selangor state exco member Amiruddin Shari, who were hosted by green clad MBSA councillors and staff.

Guests were entertained by the country’s leading performers as well as legendary artistes such as Jamal Abdillah, who was mobbed by fans during his performance.

The deep-voiced singer sportingly posed for selfies while crooning hits such as Gadis Melayu and Azura.

The feast at the open house featured 15 live action stalls serving satay, Ayam Golek, Laksa, Mee Goreng, Lontong, Rendang and Cendol.

During the event, Ahmad Zaharin also handed out duit Raya to about 100 children from two orphanages; namely Pusat Jagaan Cahaya Kasih Bestari Kampung Melayu Subang and Pusat Pengurusan Firdaus Denai Alam.

The homes were also given RM2,000 and recycling bins.

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