BY PAUL GABRIELpaulnews@thestar.com.my
DESPITE the fasting month, the receptions to celebrate the Unity Day of Germany and National Foundation Day of South Korea recently were well-attended by many in Kuala Lumpur.
Both embassies had timed their receptions to begin later than the usual 6pm start, delaying until 8pm to accommodate Muslim guests.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting was the special guest at the South Korean do held at the Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur, while Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar exchanged toasts at the German celebration held at German Ambassador Herbert Jess' residence in Jalan Kia Peng.
After exchanging formalities with South Korean Ambassador Son Sang-ha on stage, Ong spent some time speaking to the ambassador and several guests at the VIP table. Also present was Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim.
Over at Jess' residence, the large crowd spilled on to the grounds of the residence, taking advantage of the shelter provided in case of a downpour.
A large group of the South Korean and German communities living in Malaysia attended their respective events.