Raya joy with PM in Langkawi

Dr Mahathir distributing ‘duit Raya’ to children at his Langkawi parliamentary constituency Hari Raya open house at the Langkawi Sports Complex in Kuah, Langkawi. — Photos: G.C. TAN/The Star

THE pride Langkawi folk feel for having Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as their Member of Parliament was clear on the faces of thousands who went to his Hari Raya open house.

It took the Prime Minister a good 20 minutes just to get from the hall entrance to his seat on arrival because the throng wanted to shake his hand and take selfies with him.

“A Hari Raya open house is something we take as a usual event in Malaysia.

“But in some other countries, there is no such thing. Instead, they have wars. Enemies.

“Even between Muslims, they fight.

“We should all be thankful to Allah for giving us such a marvellous and peaceful country.

“Even non-Muslims are celebrating with us, and when it is their turn to celebrate their festivities, we will celebrate with them too.

Guests adding condiments to their bowls of mee rebus.
Guests adding condiments to their bowls of mee rebus.

“This is Malaysia,” Dr Mahathir said to the crowd during the open house at the Langkawi Sports Complex on Saturday.

Many restaurants, hotels and resorts in Langkawi, including the ultra-luxurious ones, set up booths of delightful free food for the people, and children were spotted grinning at plates full of mouth-watering pastries they acquired.

Langkawi’s Wanita PKR chipped in too with cauldrons of the archipelago’s famous gulai kawah, a soupy beef curry, only lightly creamed with coconut milk and cooked for hours till the meat seems to melt in your mouth.

When given a surprise birthday cake, Dr Mahathir displayed his love for his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali by insisting that she stood beside him as he cut one of his first birthday cakes of the year. He will be 94 years old come July 10.

The couple also shared a ticklish moment as they fed each other some cake, with Dr Siti Hasmah playfully teasing the Prime Minister.

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