It was a fabulous treat for the foreigners and locals who attended the Harmony 2020 Community Feast-Together at Armenian Park in George Town recently.
The 100-odd guests as well as members of the public had the opportunity to savour Peranakan, Malay, Indian and Chinese dishes prepared by the various community groups in Penang on Jan 4.
The groups included Penang State Chinese Association, Badan Warisan Masjid Lebuh Acheh, Penang Hindu Association and Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang.
Some of the local delights were Nyonya kuih, kuih kapit (love letters), vegetarian curry and ‘mothagam’.
According to organising committee member Kuah Li Feng, the event was aimed at spreading multicultural goodwill among the people.
“Coming together for a feast is one way to promote religious and racial harmony. This event was started in 2016 and we hope more communities will follow suit to encourage stronger bonds among the races,” she said.
She thanked the state government for its support through the office of state executive councillor Chong Eng, who is in charge of Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness, and Religions other than Islam, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng and Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid.
Teh, who attended the event, said he was pleased with the organisation of the event.
“I’ve attended previous activities organised by this group of friends. I really appreciated their dedication in promoting intercultural goodwill.
“This is a good example of citizen’s initiative for a harmonious society. This year, they have decided to conduct a bigger scale activity and I’m happy to give some financial support to their good cause,” said Teh.
The event was also attended by Harmony Centre manager Rachel Teh.
Story by K.H. Ong