Syawal Round-up

Ipoh City Council

Ipoh City Council organised its very own Raya open house on Tuesday, July 26 from 2pm to 4pm at Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh.

Stalls filled the stadium’s compound as every department had its own stall dishing a variety of raya goodies such as lemang, rendang, kambing golek, cendol, ice cream potong, teh tarik and even durians.

Mayor Dato’ Zamri Man along with Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry and the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Tan Sri Noh Omar were among those who attended.

Zamri went from table to another, meeting and greeting the guests.

A live band entertained the crowd while they enjoyed the food served on their tables. It was an occasion for merriment.

SMK Seri Ampang

SMK Seri Ampang, Ipoh organised a Hari Raya event at their school compound on Wednesday, July 13 from 8.30am to 11am.

Having the mayor’s wife as one of the teachers made the celebration more meaningful. There are 103 teachers and 1140 students altogether.

Some 22 classes were given the opportunity to open up stalls. Each stall was given RM100 by the school to decorate and prepare food and drinks. Potluck dishes were up for grabs too.

“This is our third year hosting a Syawal celebration and out of all three, this year had the biggest crowd. I feel it’s because previous years it was held in the afternoon. However, I’m glad everything went well. I want to instil in my students respect and integrity for one another,” said Mustafa Kamal, the school principal to Ipoh Echo.

Tourism Perak

Malaysians go crazy over the king of fruits. In conjunction with this year’s Raya celebration, Tourism Perak hosted a durian-themed festival at Gua Tempurung on Tuesday, July 19. It lasted from 9.45am till late noon.

About 10,000 people turned up to savour some 2000 durians on offer. Local delicacies like satay, cucur durian and many more were also served. A cooking competition was the added attraction.

“The crowd is overwhelming. Gopeng has always been known for its durians, and today, we’re giving the public a free taste of the fruit’s goodness,” said Dato’ Nolee Ashilin, State Executive Councillor for Arts, Culture, Tourism, Communication and Multimedia.

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