Malaysia’s open house culture must be preserved, says DPM Zahid

PUTRAJAYA, April 27 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the tradition and culture of open houses during Hari Raya Aidilfitri promotes unity among different ethnic groups in the country. He said it must be preserved.

In his opinion, the culture of holding open houses during the festive season is unique to Malaysia, he said.

“A friend came from Indonesia and said that they only celebrate Aidilfitri for one day, but we celebrate it for 30 days through Shawar.

“What is important is not how long the celebration lasts, but the social assimilation between different ethnic groups with different religious and cultural backgrounds, with a unique sense of camaraderie,” he said when we met in Santunan Kasi. It’s about how it happens in different events.” Mr. Chawal attended an event for the Deputy Prime Minister at Shri Satria’s official residence here today.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, said the open house event will also serve as a platform for leaders to connect with people.

“My guests are not just from Putrajaya or the Klang Valley, but from all over the country.For example, I have friends from Sabah and Sarawak who have come because we have known each other for a long time.

“As political party leaders, we also have chapters and chapters across the country, so they set up opportunities to meet with me, even if it is for a short period of time,” he said.

Among the attendees were Datuk Seri Azarina Osman Syed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reforms), Datuk R. Ramanan, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives, and Datuk Seri Amir Hamza Azizan. Finance Minister, Datuk Umno Secretary-General and others attended. Asyraf Wazidi Dusuki. — Bernama

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