Monday, September 21, 2009

First Day of Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my muslim friends!

On the first day of Hari Raya, the muslim bethrens' new year celebration, I was invited by an office colleague to be at her parents' house for lunch. Privileged to be invited and right after Sunday morning's church service, I drove over to Taman Dato' Senu, Sentul to feed my stomach. First time being in this area and the house was not too hard to find.

Upon chit chatting with her dad, pakcik told me that he was from Kelantan. He did mention that in Kelantan, the Hari Raya atmosphere is really good. Neighbours from all races will drop by anytime of the day to wish each other. It was not to be in the city area where you have to extend your invitations before people from other races will come to their house.

He said that there's no such thing that Hari Raya is only for the muslims. At the Kelantan towns, all races will come together and people will eat and celebrate together without any barriers. This is because of no interruptions from the politicians.

The family was glad to see a chinese dropping by on the first day of Hari Raya and of course, was served with ayam masak merah, beef rendang, ketupat, cookies etc.

The politicians have made and are still making a mess of the racial situation in Malaysia and hence, the need to have all those 1Malaysia promotions and the call for unity after fifty two years of independence from the British.

On Monday noon, another invitation to a Malay colleague's house. Food! Food! ..... of course, it's more than food. It's the relationship.

Go down to the normal Malaysians' life and you get to see people living in harmony. Preference is to see a peaceful nation too irregardless of race. The mainstream media is often doing the unjust part by playing the dirty racial game. And you may be wondereing at who's instruction. Totally irresponsible.

May Malaysia see a quicker economy recovery after the Hari Raya festival.
Tags: Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Muslim, Malay, Taman Dato' Senu, Sentul



Blogger kenwooi said...

selamat hari raya! =D

21 September, 2009 13:39  
Anonymous sollee said...

hello johnny...ours today is eid'l fitr for our muslim brothers...hope all your wishes for your people and your country will come true^^

21 September, 2009 22:54  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

kenwooi - sama sama

sollee - oh thanks a lot

22 September, 2009 01:22  
Blogger Irtiyah said...

Hi Johnny..

I like your entries about our hope and good Malaysian's harmony life.

However, I want to correct the mean of Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid ul-Fitr. Actually it is not muslim's new year.

Because of my broken English, i just give u this link.

For muslim's new year we call it as Awal Muharam or u can read this but usually no big celebration for new year.

Sorry if my explanation is not really good or if any mistake here.

I just want to share what I know. Hope U don't mind.

24 September, 2009 11:11  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

irtiyah - thks for the clarification. no worries, i'm still learning on many stuff in life

24 September, 2009 11:26  
Blogger Science Bloggers Association said...

Nice Blog. Congrats.
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }
[Editor- Children’s Poem & Adult’s Poem]

24 September, 2009 19:15  
Blogger sky said...

had blast huh? good to hear that. and oh...selamat Hari Raya.
i miss my hometown. I totally agree woth the Pakcik. No only in Kelantan, you will see even more non-muslims visiting friends' + relatives' houses in Sabah/Sarawak.

25 September, 2009 02:11  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

zakir - thks bro

sky - everyone knows how to live together but the politicians dont know how to

02 October, 2009 23:43  

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