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Tuesday September 13, 2011

Lighting up the streets for Hari Raya, Mid-Autumn and Malaysia Day

By AIDA AHMAD
aidaahmad@thestar.com.my

THE Kelana Jaya MCA branch hosted a Raya Tanglung 1Malaysia parade at Sunway Pyramid recently. The lantern fest has been one of the annual events since 1996. The objective of the event was to commemorate the celebrations of Hari Raya, Mid-Autumn Festival and Malaysia Day.

“In keeping the traditions alive, Hari Raya and Mid-Autumn Festival are celebrated with lights in the form of ‘pelita’ and lanterns. We want to cultivate mutual understanding and respect of multi-cultures in Malaysia,” said Kelana Jaya MCA division chief Ong Chong Swen at the event which was launched by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.

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Happy faces: Children joining in the fun at the Raya Tanglung 1Malaysia Parade at Sunway Pyramid.

About 2,500 animal-shaped lanterns and paper lanterns, 300 Malaysian flags and 100 bunga manggar were carried by the public in the parade which covered a stretch of a 2.5km walk from the blue entrance (outside Sunway Lagoon Theme Park entrance) to Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel & Spa, entering again to Sunway Pyramid shopping mall and back to the stage area. Also present were Sunway Group chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Raya Tanglung 1Malaysia organising chairman William Cha, Sunway Pyramid chief executive officer H.C. Chan and Sunway Integrated Properties (Sunway Berhad) property investment managing director Datuk Ngeow Voon Yean.

In her speech, Ong said we should acknowledge the fact that it was because of the continuous efforts of our forefathers and the present national leadership that we are living in a peaceful country called Malaysia.

“We have invited school brass bands, children from homes and kindergartens, dragon dancers, lion dance troupes as well as stilt walkers to participate in the event tonight. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have generously contributed to this event,” said Ong.

Meanwhile, in his speech, Chor said after 54 years of independence, Malaysia is a colourful melting pot where different races and cultures can live in harmony. “Pesta Tanglung can be seen as a unifying factor in Malaysia, just like nasi lemak,” he jested, referring to the new local movie Nasi Lemak 2.0 which has garnered much publicity.

 

 

 

 
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