Large Crowds Throng Labuan Philanthropist’s Raya ‘Open House’

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Alias (sixth left), Norsiah (fifth left) with Asian Supply Base chief executive officer Datuk Harris Tan (fifth right) and his family at the latter’s open house.

LABUAN: Nearly 2,000 from all walks of life thronged the Hari Raya open house of a prominent business leader and philanthropist here on Thursday, the second day of the festive celebration.

The annual event hosted by Labuan Chamber of Malay Entrepreneurs (DUML) president, Datuk Seri Mohd Alias Abd Rahman and wife, Datin Seri Norsiah Abdullah, saw guests gathering at their residence in Jalan Gersik Baru at 11am and lasted till late evening.

Local guests includes business chambers, Indian community leaders, Pakatan Harapan component party of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), Asian Supply Base chief executive officer Datuk Haris Tan and family and business community leaders and media fraternity were treated with scrumptious traditional Raya delicacies.

“This is the best platform to nurture and strengthen the unity of the plural society in Labuan,” said Mohd Alias.

His wife Datin Seri Norsiah Abdullah told reporters Aidilfitri was no longer merely for the Muslims but the celebration was for all regardless of race and religion.

“It is a symbol of unity that must be preserved,” she said.

Alias and Norsiah (right) with Rozman and wife (left) at the latter’s open house.

On the first day of Hari Raya, more than 15,000 people attended Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli at his residence at Jalan Tanjung Bendera off Tanjung Purun.

Among those attended were business chambers leaders, Pakatan Harapan’s component parties leaders, tahfiz schools students, media organisations representatives and locals.

Rozman said the annual Raya open house has united the multiracial community on the island despite different political ideology.