15 July 2017, Rumah Pengasih Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia is synonymous with food. If you take a stroll down any street you will see stalls selling everything from banana fritters to barbecued corn. There is also a mamak around every corner where Malaysians come to enjoy their favourite teh tarik and roti canai.
Food plays a crucial role in our culture. Asking whether one has eaten is the norm when meeting a friend or colleague because it is a sign of our love and concern towards others.
At Pengasih, we always share the love. What better way than to celebrate Hari Raya than to host our annual Hari Raya Open House?
This year saw a total of 22 stalls offering all kinds of local mouth-watering delicacies. The stalls were comprised of Static Groups (small groups of residents managed by their respective case officers), Teduhan Kasih (PENGASIH half-way houses throughout the country), Family Support Group and X-Comm (Pengasih Alumni) to name a few.
The event which started at 10:00 am this morning saw 1500 guests among them families, ex-residents, representatives from government agencies and members of the public attending.
Among those who attended the Open House were YBhg. Datuk Zakaria Abdul Rahman (Vice President of PPP), YBhg. Dato Izhar Talib (Deputy Director of AADK), Datuk Nazim Johan (Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia) and Dr. Ismail Mohd Yunus (Trustee of PENGASIH).
The Satay and Kambing Golek (barbeque lamb) stalls were a hit with with the guests who were seen queuing at the stalls belonging to Static Universal Brotherhood which is case-managed by Hafizi Harun and Catharsis which is under Azroy Zainal.
Rizan Mokhtar of Explorer Static whose family specialises in making popiah (spring rolls) pampered the guests with servings of deliciously juicy popiah. Ayam Golek (barbeque rottiserie chicken) by Hamid Yap, Static Dynamic, was equally delighting.
Other stalls include the annual favourite, chicken chop by Shahrezza of Wise Guy. Drinks, rendang ayam and lemang were prepared by Nazaruddin Ismail who is also the Staff In-Charge of the Kitchen. Razak Mohd who manages The Grateful Brothers offered spicy Nasi Briyani.
As always the popular and abundant roti canai stall from Teduhan Kasih Sg. Buloh headed by Jaafar Daud remained open until the event came to a close at 3:00pm. Roslan Yahya who manages Teduhan Kasih Kelantan opened a tasty Nasi Kerabu stall.
Pengasih Aman Jaya offered a savoury Mee Kari while X-Comm and Re-Entry house offered light Mee Sup and Nasi Lemak respectively.
Tents sponsored by DBKL were erected on Padang HQ where the sight of friends and family catching up with good food was a beautiful sight to behold.
For entertainment, four residents performed a traditional Zapin dance. Busker Popol performed a number of songs before Aizat Amdan surprised everyone with an impromptu performance of his hit single Hanya Kau Yang Mampu. Other performances include a rendition of a Jamal Abdillah hit performed by an after care resident.
Datuk Yunus, Datuk Misah Nor and Zaidi Harun took to the stage to present all the children under 12 years with an ang pow packet before the staff got together on stage to sing Selamat Hari Raya.
After the guests dispersed, the residents and staff got together to clean up the facility. Monday was declared an internal holiday by Datuk Yunus.