MORE than 3,000 people from the Teluk Intan community attended a luncheon held in conjunction with Deepavali, dubbed the “longest” banana leaf food-serving.
Organised by Teluk Intan MP Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, the luncheon was also held specially for all recipients of financial assistance under the Social Welfare Department in Teluk Intan.
The crowd gathered at long tables stretching across Arena Square Teluk Intan, while enjoying food served on banana leaves, a traditional method of serving dishes in the Indian culture.
Mah said the event was a demonstration of the spirit of multiculturalism, which is unique to Malaysia.
“I love the kindness and compassion shown by the people of Teluk Intan towards one another, particularly through small acts of kindness for the less fortunate among us, such as helping them serve dishes as well as clearing the path for the elderly and disabled.
“Across the cultural differences in our country, Malaysians share a common love for food and festivities.
“These have the ability to bring us together,” he said during the luncheon held on Oct 29.
Mah, who has organised several similar events for welfare recipients, said these festive events are instrumental in reminding Malaysians of the virtues of compassion and helping the needy.
Before the Deepavali period, Mah also distributed groceries and daily needs such as rice, cooking oil, and biscuits to some 3,000 Indian families in Teluk Intan.
The Teluk Intan Social Welfare Department hands out RM7mil in financial assistance annually to the poor in the area.
There are currently 1,889 recipients in Teluk Intan under the department’s welfare programme.
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