Lard-free mooncakes enliven festival


Dr Wong (in white shirt) holding an inaugural meeting with the organising committee of the Muhibbah Mid-Autumn Festival at Bemban.

MELAKA: To make the food of the Mid-Autumn Festival more acceptable, some kampung folks are making lard-free mooncakes so that more people can join in the fun.

These specially-made mooncakes will be served during a muhibbah-themed Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Bemban here next month.

Deputy Melaka State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Dr Wong Fort Pin said a few Malay villagers had volunteered to prepare the mooncakes, and an experienced baker will coach them on making the traditional delicacy.

“For the first time, the organising of the Mid-Autumn festival will be led by kampung folks. There will be also Indian delicacies served during the celebration on Oct 5, ” he said here Wednesday (Sept 11).

Dr Wong, who is also the Bemban state assemblyman, is acting as an adviser to the organising committee.

“We have sent invitations to Melaka Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Adly Zahari to attend the event, ” he said.

“The mid-autumn festival is one way to encourage inter-racial harmony as children will walk around with lanterns on that day.

“Furthermore, Melaka will excel in terms of boosting tourism when all races work together and appreciate each other’s culture, ” he added.

Meanwhile, the historic Kampung Morten, the Malay heartland of Melaka, will also be decorated with multi-coloured lanterns this Saturday (Sept 14).

Kota Laksamana assemblyman Low Chee Leong, who is also the state Health and Anti-Drug Abuse Committee chairman, said the event was an opportunity for his constituents to strengthen unity.


   

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