IT WAS an evening of joy and laughter for some 70 families of Lestari Mansions in Sri Serdang.
There was an abundance of food and drinks, lavish hamper prizes, and memorable performances.
The residents had come in full force for the Chinese New Year celebrations organised by the residents’ association.
More than anything, the event was a show of racial integration and unity as the non-Chinese sportingly partook in dance and songs performances.
After a brief welcome address by the emcee, the lion dance troupe kicked off the evening with two golden lions ushering the Sri Serdang assemblyman Datuk Dr Mohamad Satim Diman, who was the guest-of-honour.
Buffet dinner resumed with several performances. First was a tai chi demonstration followed by the presentation of a Chinese New Year song by youths, with girls dressed in red and the boys in blue with traditional costumes complete with caps that are a reminiscence of ancient China.
Then, the first round of lucky draw winners was announced.
A group singing a Cantonese number followed soon after by several adults, before the youths took centre stage again with their Chinese cultural fan dance.
“Prior to this, we had celebrations for Merdeka day, the lantern festival, Deeparaya, and Christmas," said Lestari Mansions (ReALM) residents' association president Harinther Singh.
“Gatherings like this help to develop better understanding and fellowship, instil greater ‘muhibbah’ spirit, and boost harmony among fellow residents.
“Before ReALM was formed, we had only 30 families here. Now, the number is twice that, which is a good reflection of the community-based activities that we organise from time to time,” said Harinther.
He also highlighted several issues faced by residents to Satim.
Among them are the needs for infrastructure like street lamps, the upgrading of a pothole-laden main road, and also the problem of frequent electricity cut.
Satim assured residents that the infrastructures would be repaired once all houses in Lestari Mansions and its surrounding vicinity are fully occupied.
“This place is still undergoing development hence, it will only be time before we see bigger things coming up for residents.
“Once all houses have been occupied, works will then commence,” he said.
Also present was president of JKP Zone 23 Azman Zakaria.
The programme ended with another round of lucky draw for the residents.