MALAYSIANS from all walks of life savoured the festive atmosphere at a Hari Raya open house hosted by Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd in Penang.
The crowd sampled a tantalising buffet spread of local delicacies, including pasembur, rice and curries.
Long lines also formed at stalls dishing up mee goreng, kambing golek, ayam goreng and ais kacang, as many went for extra helpings.
Mingling with them were E&O senior management and organising committee members, all clad in traditional Malay attire to reflect the spirit of unity.
They gave out Raya packets containing peanut sweets as a form of blessing.
Present at the recent event held at Straits Green public park in Seri Tanjung Pinang was E&O government liaison and planning senior general manager Datuk Zawawi Yusop.
“It truly moves us seeing people from all walks of life gathering under the same roof to celebrate one festival. This is a time to spread blessings to those around us.
“We wish to thank the local community for supporting the activities organised by E&O, particularly our Think Green long- term education programme,” he said in his speech.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said events like this fostered the muhibbah spirit.
A series of traditional dances and musical sketches by pupils of Tadis Ar-Rasyidin and SK Tanjung Tokong entertained the guests.
Looking adorable in traditional attire, the kids charmed the guests and received loud applause.
Also enjoying the festive mood were Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik as well as E&O finance and accounts senior general manager Pauline Lye and projects and property investments senior general manager Emily Teh.