IPOH: A carnival-like atmosphere was felt along Dataran MBI here as Ipoh City Council staff made bubur lambuk.
Some 1,000 staff members from 15 departments set up 12 tents with village-themed decoration in conjunction with Ramadan yesterday.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu visited every tent as well as participated in traditional games, danced, sang and stirred a pot of the porridge, a must-have for Muslims during the holy month.
Some 2,500 packets of the bubur lambuk were distributed to the staff and public.
The employees, who all came dressed in traditional attire, decorated their tents in the style of kampung houses or fishermen’s villages and padi field-inspired concept.
Some of them even brought along their pets such as cats and chickens to lend authenticity to their tents while others adorned theirs with lemang, oil lamps and traditional coconut graters.
A sporting Ahmad Faizal danced to the traditional music and sang to the tune of the local hit Kau Ilhamku by Man Bai besides playing congkak and skipping rope.
“I am impressed with the presentation by the council as this shows the team spirit in a gotong-royong environment, especially during the month of Ramadan.
“I hope such an atmosphere will continue, and other government agencies will follow suit to make these programmes livelier,” he told reporters after visiting the booths yesterday.
On another matter, Ahmad Faizal said a proposal to expand the current Sultan Azlan Shah Airport by a private company sounded good.
He said the company had recently held a briefing about the proposal during a state executive council meeting.
However, Ahmad Faizal said the state government was not the sole party to decide on the matter but needed to have discussions with the Transport Ministry and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.
“The state government welcomes private-public sector collaboration on the project,” he added.
Asked whether the proposed new airport project at Seri Iskandar would still proceed if the expansion took place at the current airport, Ahmad Faizal said the matter had yet to be discussed.
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