Thousands of people thronged Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Square for the Federal Territory Christmas Open House on Christmas Day.
The event started off with prayers for the safety of the flood victims in several states, namely Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis and Perak.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he had contemplated cancelling the event in respect of the thousands of people affected by flood but decided to go on as planned.
“We have never had such an event in Kuala Lumpur before and I am glad to see people of different races gathered here to celebrate the event.
“The aim of this event is to foster unity among the people regardless of race and religion.
“Our hearts go to the flood victims and we also had prayers for their safety,” he said, during his opening speech at the Christmas Open House.
A variety of food stalls were available and the public wasted no time to get their food.
Attendees were also entertained with dance performances as well as carols by different performers.
The highlight of the event was when Santa Claus distributed presents to the public.
Adults and children alike gathered in front of Santa Claus for the presents
Each adult received a gift-wrapped present while each child received a soft toys for Christmas.
Meanwhile, in Subang Jaya, spirits were high at the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s ( CFM) Christmas Hi-Tea.
The event held at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Taman Perindustrian UEP was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as well as Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.
Some 250 people attended the event including Selangor state speaker Hannah Yeoh, Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong, Batu MP Tian Chua as well as leaders from different faiths.
A yearly event, the Christmas Hi-Tea was held to foster good ties among Malaysians and to celebrate the festivities regardless of race or religion.
CFM president Rev Dr Eu Yong Seng called on all Malaysians to unite and foster good ties ahead of the challenging times next year.
His sentiments were shared by Muhyiddin who said Malaysians need to ensure the country continues to be a peaceful place.