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Locals, tourists and foreign workers throng KL during Raya
KUALA LUMPUR: Certain parts of the capital city are still alive and filled with tourists and shoppers, although most city folks are celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri elsewhere.
Shopping malls at the Jalan Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City Centre areas are packed with locals, tourists and foreign workers, shopping and spending time with their family members and friends.
Ahmad Yassir, 35, from Kuwait, said the Hari Raya celebration in Malaysia was very unique as Malaysians of different races and religions celebrated together.
"Malaysia is a beautiful and peaceful country, filled with beautiful people and we love coming here for the food and shopping.
"We are happy to be here during the Hari Raya celebration. Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya in joyous atmosphere," he told Bernama here today.
Meanwhile, tour guide Rashid Abdullah Aziz, 26, from Terengganu, who was unable to 'balik kampung' (return to his hometown) due to work commitments, celebrated Hari Raya differently this year.
"I am very disappointed since I cannot celebrate the festivity with my parents at our 'kampung', but my wife and I decided to while away our time at shopping malls," he said.
A routine check of Jalan Petaling saw foreign workers who were on a long festive break, turning up at the Kota Raya Complex with friends.
Bus operators enjoyed good business during this festive break as most foreign workers commuted by bus to the city centre.
At Pudu Sentral and Pasar Seni, foreign workers spent their break with compatriots, with most buses packed and bus stations seeing long queues.
A Nepalese, identified only as Prem, said he travelled from Seremban to spend time with friends at the city.
However, he said, it took him two hours to get a ticket. -- BERNAMA