PROPERTY developer Aspen Group hosted a buka puasa event for over 500 Muslims at the Penang State Mosque.
Dates were first given away for the breaking of fast, after which various local delicacies such as bubur lambuk and rice with curries were served.
The crowd was joined by the Penang-based but Singapore-listed real estate company’s employees, who call themselves as Aspenians.
Several of them from other ethnic background also tried fasting for the day, to better understand the practice and share in the spirit of togetherness.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the night’s guest of honour, applauded their gesture, saying it embodied the Malaysian spirit.
“We are a multi-racial society, and this teaches us to be more understanding of people from other faiths as we build a new Malaysia together,” he added.
Aspen Group executive director Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff said the buka puasa event was their way of cultivating harmony during Ramadan.
“As it only comes once a year, Ramadan is an opportunity for us to show thanks for the bountiful blessings that we receive.
“We want to share the blessings and hope that in return, everyone truly appreciates and be thankful for the peace and prosperity we experience as Malaysians,” added Nazir.
He also handed over a RM3,000 donation to the State Mosque, received by its head imam Mohd Nordin Samah.
Also present at the recent gathering were state Islamic Religious Council president Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, state Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and Aspen Group president and CEO Datuk M. Murly.