Kadir: No take away at festive open house, please


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2003

BY ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Take-away meals may be a popular trend at fast-food restaurants but the Government frowns on this habit when guests at festive open house carry the food back home. 

This habit, said Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, reflects badly on Malaysians and deprive other guests of food. 

“I have personally seen this being done by our people. They don’t seem to think twice of packing back the food when attending such functions. 

“I saw this happening at the Hari Raya open house at the residences of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. 

“I don’t know if these guests ate the food later or not. But such behaviour may become an ugly habit among our people if we don’t put a stop to it.  

“It may have a negative effect on foreign tourists who attend such functions,” he said at his ministry when announcing the national-level Chinese New Year open house, which will be held at Dataran Petaling Jaya (opposite Amcorp Mall) on Feb 8. 

Some 200,000 people are expected to attend the event, organised jointly by the Federal and Selangor governments.  

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail heads the list of dignitaries who will attend the function.  

The others include the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.  

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