THE heart of Gurney Plaza in Penang has been transformed into a small town of the 1970s, affording visitors a stroll down memory lane.
Called ‘Kota Raya Gurney’, the yesteryear decor at the mall’s central atrium anchors its ‘Suasana Hari Raya’ celebrations and is made for photo-taking.
Strike a pose at the facades of an old sundry shop, goldsmith’s shop, tailor’s shop and barber shop. Sit down at an old warung ‘selling’ beverages popular in the olden days.
The Panggung Wayang Gurney stage lends a touch of glamour, while other detailing like old bicycles and public telephones add to the nostalgic atmosphere.
Gurney Plaza centre manager Peter Chan said the aim was to relive the olden days when such humble places were the focal points of social life.
“We’ve done bazaar and kampung house setups for previous Rayas. This offers something different for the younger generation,” Chan said during the launch of the festivities on Monday.
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee said the scene took shoppers back to a simpler time.
Following the launch, guests adjourned for a buka puasa session with representatives of some 100 needy families from the Pulau Tikus area.
After enjoying a mouth-watering meal of rice and roti jala with curries, the families were presented with bags full of essentials.
Joining Lee and Chan in handing these out was CapitaLand Retail Malaysia general manager of mall management (northern region) Selina Ng.
Also present was Star Media Group client brand marketing general manager Simone Liong.
The Panggung Wayang Gurney stage will feature cultural performances on weekends.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be Joyous Raya and Angklung routines at 3pm and 5pm respectively.
The following weekend on June 1 will see a Raya Live Band playing at 3pm followed by Joget at 5pm. On June 2, the band returns at 3pm with a Wayang Kulit show later at 5pm.
A Raya packet redemption is ongoing.
Coming up are the Raya cookies redemption with Famous Amos from Saturday to Monday, Poppin’ Good Time redemption with Eureka from May 31 to June 2 and Home’s Harmony Redemption from June 7 to 9.