By PRIYA MENON
PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) staff and Petaling Jaya residents were treated to a Deepavali open house by the council complete with special performances by guest artistes.
Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib played host to the 1,000 people, including staff members and their families, who turned up at event held at the Menara MBPJ recently.
According to Puasa, it is the seventh year the event is being held with the aim of bringing members of the community together.
“We want to celebrate it with our Hindu staff as well as members of the public in Petaling Jaya. I think this tradition should be carried out every year to ensure everyone can bond,” he added.
During the event, Puasa also handed out Deepavali goodies to some 55 families from Lembah Subang, Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya South and Petaling Jaya North.
Event co-chairman, MBPJ health and environment department director Dr Chitra Davi N. Vadivellu, said they had carefully selected the recipients to ensure they were from needy families and earned less than RM1500 a month.
Each recipient was given RM100 and a hamper filled with essential goodies.
Puasa hoped that the hampers would help the families with their monthly expenses.
The funds were allocated from the Urban Poverty Eradication scheme while part of the funds for the open house were given by MBPJ.
Guests at the event were entertained by by dancers from MBPJ as well as guest dancers.
Famed Malaysian singer MS Brito also performed a Hindi number, much to the delight of guests.
There was also a scrumptious buffet spread with Indian delights for guests who hailed from all races.
Also present at the luncheon were councillors and department heads.