MBKS Hari Raya Open House 2024 celebrates spirit of cultural diversity, unity

Wee (second left) witnesses Hilmy signing a visitor's book during MBKS' Hari Raya open house on May 8, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 8: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) staff and guests at the council’s Hari Raya Open House 2024 celebration today marked the occasion this year with the true spirit of cultural diversity.

The foyer of the MBKS complex here was transformed into a unique festive venue where staff served a range of traditional Sarawak food for colleagues and guests to indulge in.


Among the many varieties were Sarawak laksa, beef noodles, savoury rice, ‘lemang’, chicken curry, beef rendang, satay, and varieties of sweet desserts, cakes and fruit.

Wee (second right) and Hilmy (first right) helping themselves to a variety of cakes at one of the booths at MBKS’ Hari Raya open house on May 8, 2024.
MBKS staff serving guests at a booth during MBKS’ Hari Raya open house on May 2024.

Staff and visitors alike were entertained by nostalgia-invoking Aidilfitri songs. Among the event’s highlights were the best dress contest for men and women in traditional Malay attire, with participants earning the chance to win prize money and gifts.

In his speech, MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng who wore an elegant light blue kandora said that the occasion and celebration serve as a reminder of the beauty of the different cultures in Sarawak and the region’s strong unity.

Wee applauded and voiced appreciation for all his staff for working as a team and interacting well to make the occasion a success.

“Regardless of your rank, background and beliefs, a festive season is not only for you to celebrate but to come together as one—’One MBKS’.

“It is very important to celebrate our shared humanity on festive occasions,” he said.

Participants in traditional male Malay attire on stage during MBKS’ Hari Raya open house on May 2024.

Wee said the staff’s presence is a testament to their commitment to fostering understanding respect and friendship within the MBKS community.

He reminded them to not forget the value of unity, compassion and forgiveness.

“Let us remember the importance of empathy and kindness toward others not only during festive season but throughout the year, throughout your life,” he said.

Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Mayor Hilmy Othman and Padawan Municipal Council Chairman Tan Kai were among the guests-of-honour. — DayakDaily

Staff and guests attending MBKS’ Hari Raya open house on May 2024.
Wee (second right) and Hilmy (on Wee’s right) serving visitors drinks at MBKS’ Hari Raya open house on May 2024.