KUALA LUMPUR: The second week of Iftar@KL2017 has attracted foreign tourists to take part in the sixth edition of the en masse breaking of fast in the city centre.
The programme, jointly organised by the National Culture and Arts Department, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, is held every weekend during Ramadan at Jalan Raja and Dataran Merdeka.
Despite the rain before the programme which started at 6.30pm, members of the public arrived in throngs to reserve spots in the area provided.
University of Hamburg biology student Laura Schmidt, who is on a two-week visit to Malaysia, could not hide her excitement at having the chance to take part in such a large-scale programme.
“It is my first time joining this kind of programme. I was informed about the event by my friends back at my (backpackers) hostel.
“I really love Malaysian food, and the iftar food just now, like bubur lambuk, was delicious,” said the 27-year-old lass who donned a shawl when met by Bernama on Saturday evening.
A tourist from Mexico City, Roberto Gomez, 20, and his elder sister Maria had travelled a long way from Latin America to see for themselves the practices during the month of Ramadan in Malaysia.
“Even though we are both Catholics, we want to experience how Malaysian Muslims observe the month of Ramadan. We do not want to miss out on the amazing and delicious iftar food,” said Gomez.
Earlier, the programme was enlivened with Ramadan religious lectures and the recital of the Quran by hafiz (quran memorising) students.
Among the other highlights at the Iftar@KL programme this year were the distribution of lambuk porridge, an Islamic tourism exhibition, zakat counters and Ramadan discussions.
Last Sunday, the event was attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, as well as Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who broke fast together with the people. — Bernama