DRESSED in colourful Malay traditional clothes, masses of Kuala Kangsar constituents gathered at the Jubilee Hall here on Wednesday to celebrate the last day of Syawal.
The streets surrounding the hall were teeming with people making their way to the Umno/Barisan Nasional Perak Thanksgiving Ceremony and Hari Raya Feast 2016 which started at 8.30pm.
Tents had been set up outside of the hall to accommodate the large crowd pouring into the premises, while guests were seen mingling with each other as they eagerly awaited for the arrival of the guests of honour.
At 9.15pm, Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived at the hall, accompanied by state Umno Chief Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
As newly elected Kuala Kangsar MP Datin Mastura Yazid was still observing iddah, as stipulated in Islamic law, following the death of her husband Datuk Wan Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad, she was unable to attend the function.
Mastura, however, was represented by two of her sons Wan Emir and Wan Iskandar.
In his speech, Zambry paid a moment of respect to the late Wan Khairil Anuar by offering a silent prayer.
He said as the last day of Syawal means the last day of celebrating a month of victory for Muslims, it is in this occasion that they were also celebrating the victory of Barisan in the recent Kuala Kangsar by-elections.
“What is given to us by God, we have to face it and God gave us victory by laying the responsibilities of Wan Khairil Anuar to his wife so that she may continue his good work.
“The same can be said for her four sons, who are going through a tough time as they are still young boys growing up in the face of this tragedy.
“But, we are thankful that the people of Kuala Kangsar have given us their greatest commitment in allowing us to achieve this outstanding victory,” he said.
Zambry added that for a candidate who could not step out of her house to campaign and meet with the people, it is a historical moment for Barisan when Mastura could still win with a majority of 6,969 votes.
“The rural folk, be it Indian, Chinese, Malay or orang asli, they are the ones who have given us their support, and we must ensure that we can continue in our efforts to develop the community and build the nation.
“Let us also encourage and guide our new MP, so that she can do her best to serve the people here,” he said.
After the speeches, guests were tucking into the scrumptious buffet serving, comprising crowd favourites such as chicken rendang, tomato rice, satay and fried koey teow.
Songstress Nur Ameera Nabila Azmi, dressed in sweet red florals, mesmerised the crowd with her rendition of Hari Raya songs like Anugerah Aidilfitri and Joget Aidilfitri.
A group of performers then took to the stage and gave an entertaining ghazal performance using the gambus, flute, violin and keyboard.
The highlight of the night was renowned Negri Sembilan artiste Datuk Hattan, sang his hit songs such as Memburu Rindu and Kepadamu Kekasih.
Guests gathered in front of the stage to snap photos of him belting out the songs, as they too sang along.
Also present were State Secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, Perak MCA Chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, Gerakan Adviser Tan Sri Chang Ko Youn, Perak Umno Liaison Secretary Datuk Saarani Mohammad, Bukit Chandan Assemblyman Maslin Sham Razman and Manong Assemblyman Mohd Kamil Shafie.