Crowds throng open houses


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. 

Abdul Rahman and Majimor greeting guests at their Raya open house.

“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.  

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