IT WAS an evening of camaraderie at the combined National Day and Hungry Ghost Festival eighth anniversary celebrations.
Both Klang Umno and MCA leaders spent the evening enjoying each other’s company as well as the food and entertainment.
The event was also open to the public.
In his speech, Klang Umno division chief Datuk Nasarruddin Zin said Malaysia was one of the few countries in the world where people of different races and religions could live together in harmony.
“Look at some countries where the people are of the same race yet there is so much religious strife,” he said.
Nasarruddin said Klang Umno and MCA worked very hard together to ensure that the interests of the people are taken care off.
He added that it was because of communal unity that multi-cultural events were enjoyed by all.
“I am certain today’s gathering will further strengthen our ties,” he said.
Klang MCA deputy chairman Datuk Steven Lim said it was the first time the celebrations, known as Phor Thor, was attended by Malay friends.
“The communal harmony among the various races must be maintained.
“Although we practice different faiths and cultures, we belong to the same Malaysian family,” he said.
Lim added that Malaysia’s multi-cultural identity must be preserved for the people’s well-being.
“We must make it a point to invite friends of different races to participate in cultural events such as today’s Phor Thor celebrations,” he stressed.
Also present were Klang MCA vice-chairman Datuk Dr Ching Eu Boon and youth chief Tee Hooi Ling.