PEOPLE from all walks of life attended the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ open house at the Penang In-ternational Sports Arena.
Accompanying him was his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff.
Among the 5,000-crowd were Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, state assemblymen, senior government officers and tourists.
A number of tourists dropped in to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s unique open house.
Among them were first time visitors Daniel and Carrie from Hong Kong and Macau respectively and they were amazed at the way Ma-laysians celebrate their res-pective festivals in peace and harmony.
“The occasion is good for the people in this multi-racial country to mingle around and socialise, getting to know each other’s culture,” said Da-niel, a tourist guide.
Carrie, also a tourist guide, said: “It is interesting to sample a variety of food and en-joy the cultural performan-ces.”
Teresa Wong, who works with AAM (Automobile Association of Malaysia), said the occasion was the best time to take her daughter Eleanor Wong to the Raya open house.
Eleanor, a college student in Kuala Lumpur who was on a semester holiday, said it was an ideal time for the people to come and celebrate to-gether.
“We can learn a lot of things from each other, for instance the types of food ser-ved for this occasion,” she said.
Guests were treated to delicacies like ketupat, le-mang, char kor teow, laksa, popiah, cucur udang and ais kacang.