KUALA LUMPUR: It looked like any other Chinese New Year open house but the hosts were the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (Macma) whose aim is to foster racial unity and mutual understanding.
The annual event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.
Dr Wan Azizah joined the guests in tossing yee sang which symbolises good fortune, health and prosperity for all.
On the event, Jakim said in a statement that the Chinese New Year event was held to further improve the concept of harmonious living between different religious and racial groups.
Guests were treated to halal Chinese dishes while lion dance groups delighted the crowd with their performances.
They were also entertained with popular Chinese New Year tunes by a traditional Chinese orchestra group.
There was also a fashion show by children who wore a mix of traditional Chinese clothing and Muslim wear.
According to Jakim, the celebration was held in a casual and harmonious environment involving Muslims and non-Muslims.
“It reflects that Islam is not against non-Muslims and this clears the misconception linking violence to Islam, ” it said.
In his speech, Mujahid said that Malaysia was unique due to its people of different faiths and background.
“As Malaysians who love their country, let us all preserve the unity and avoid any act that could trigger issues that are religious and racial in nature, ” he said.
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