MORE than 350 guests grabbed the chance to foster a closer relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia at a dinner held at G Hotel in Penang.
The special event celebrating Indonesia’s 72nd Independence Day was hosted by Indonesia’s consul-general to Penang Iwanshah Wibisono.
The guests came from Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
They were greeted by a zapin rentak bersambut dance at the celebration on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng then invited the guests to present a toast to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
“I toast to the good health and wellbeing of His Excellency Joko Widodo.
“We wish the Indonesian Government and its people success and prosperity,” Lim said.
Iwanshah extended his toast to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, wishing him good health.
He also wished the Malaysian Government and Malaysians prosperity and success.
National anthems of both countries were played during the ceremony.
Guests then enjoyed a taste of Indonesia.
Among the delicacies was ayam taliwang which is a special dish from West Nusa Tenggara.
Favourite Indonesian dishes like bakso and sate ayam were also served.
Among the guests was Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif.