TTDI residents build close rapport at CNY celebration

The CNY celebration hosted by the TTDI Residents Association saw a diverse group of residents attending the event.

TAMAN Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) in Kuala Lumpur is known for its diverse population and this was reflected in those who attended its Chinese New Year celebration at SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2.

Over 300 residents and representatives of non-governmental organisations were present.

The event started with a lion dance performance, followed by yee sang toss as the starter for lunch.

TTDI Residents Association acting chairman Abdul Jabar Ahmad Junid said the celebration was to foster camaraderie among residents.

Abdul Jabar (third from right) together with residents tossing the yee sang.Abdul Jabar (third from right) together with residents tossing the yee sang.

Guests also included Rukun Tetangga (RT) members in TTDI as well as residents from the Bukit Kiara public housing scheme.

“TTDI is a big neighbourhood with many smaller communities.

“We include each other during activities. It is important to ensure that the unity here remains,” said Abdul Jabar.

Abdul Jabar (on the right of the mascot) with TTDI residents.Abdul Jabar (on the right of the mascot) with TTDI residents.

He moved to TTDI when he was six years old and has lived in the neighbourhood ever since.

“In the past, we had no schools in TTDI. I went to SK Sungai Penchala. I was the first batch of students in SMK Taman Tun Dr Ismail when it opened in 1980.

“SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 was previously a field.

“Lembah Kiara Park was just a pond and now it is a beautiful recreational park.

“When we were younger, if there was a water shortage, we would fetch water from the pond,” Abdul Jabar reminisced.

He said TTDI encompassed the Malaysian spirit as there was mutual respect among the races.

“We have about 35% Chinese, about 15% Indians and the rest are Malays and some expatriates too.

“When we make bubur lambuk during Ramadan, our Chinese neighbours will come and help us stir the porridge,” he said.

Abdul Jabar also highlighted that TTDI residents supported local businesses, including the many neighbourhood restaurants.

“Pasar Besar Tun Dr Ismail has managed to survive because of continuous support from residents.

“It is among the cleanest markets I have seen,” he added.

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