Festivals a celebration of understanding, harmony — Chong

Chong (third right) handing out bubur lambuk to shoppers at Aeon Mall. Also seen is Thong (second right).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 25: Festivals celebrate not only the colourful heritage, cultures and traditions of the diverse communities in Sarawak but connect people to important moments, too.

Emphasising this today, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen said festive celebrations could bring people together and strengthen the sense of community.

“We are celebrating Gawai and Raya together, where all races will come together to mingle and interact,” he said after presenting bubur lambuk to shoppers at Aeon Mall.

“This will promote understanding and harmony between people of different races in our community, especially in this time when there are a lot of heated issues occupying our minds and divided the people.”

Chong also advised those driving home for the Gawai festival to not drink and drive.

Chong poses with a little girl who joined the bubur lambuk programme.
Chong (standing, centre) in a group photo with the Ministry’s officers and Aeon Mall staff.

Meanwhile, Aeon Mall, in collaboration with the ministry, handed out some 800 tubs of bubur lambuk to shoppers in conjunction with Ramadhan.

According to Aeon Corporate Marketing general manager Thong Poh Wah, the bubur lambuk programme was held simultaneously in all 11 Aeon Malls across Malaysia.

“It is our annual activity to give back to the community,” he said. — DayakDaily