This tradition, which is unique to Malaysia, instils better understanding among the people.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said the open house celebration during festivals was something to be preserved.
“We see people of different races from all walks of life coming together and feeling proud to be Malaysian.
“We hope the people will promote and protect this tradition,” he said at his open house in Parit Jawa recently.
Razali, who treated some 10,000 guests including political and government leaders to a dinner, said he was pleased to see the attendance of many non-Muslim children.
Ledang MP Hamim Samuri, who hosted a dinner in Tangkak, said the event gave him and his family the opportunity to meet people, including special children from community centres.
“We want special children to enjoy Hari Raya as our guests,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jorak assemblyman Dr Shahruddin Mohd Salleh was happy to see a huge crowd at his first Hari Raya open house.
Besides politicians, government leaders, including district officer Mislan Karmani, hosted open houses.
SOURCE: THE STAR, OCTOBER 2, 2009