GOOD TIME: The annual Malaysia Day Street Party by the Limau Purut Neighbourhood Volunteers brings residents closer together
KUALA LUMPUR: IN the spirit of Malaysia Day more than 200 residents from Jalan Limau Purut, Bangsar, here gathered for their annual street party on Monday.
Visitors were treated to a variety of entertainment put up by the residents. Guests also had a sumptuous treat as they helped themselves to the many local delicacies sponsored by residents and the eateries nearby.
Hari Malaysia Family Night 2012 chairman Zabedah Mohd Noor thanked the Limau Purut Neighbourhood Volunteers (LPNV) for organising the street party.
"The last Malaysia Day Street Party was a huge success. We would like to thank all the residents and visitors for their support and we will continue to organise more programmes," she said.
LPNV member Daniel Alfred, 61, said the main aim of the street party was to foster closer ties with the community.
"The reason for the party is to get to know our neighbours and inform them about our security programme.
"We want the residents here to know that the LPNV is here to assist them," he said.
Alfred said the LPNV was created two years ago when crime was rampant in the area.
"We started with 40 volunteers and now we have close to 200 residents participating in the programme. It has been successful and we hope to see more people joining in the programme," he said.
Alfred said soon the LPNV will be installing sirens in its neighbourhood.
"This siren is for the residents to alert their neighbours if they see any crime taking place. We are working with the Travers Police Station and hope to install it soon," he said.
Also present at the event was Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja'afar.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said more people should organise similar street parties.
"This is a good way to get the residents together. We are very pleased with the support of the residents here. It is a good effort and we will continue to support them in any way we can," he said.
Datin Nafesah Raja Nong Chik said LPNV's street party was the most happening party in Bangsar.
"This street party is unique and we are proud to be here to support the residents. We even see residents who have shifted out of Bangsar still coming back to show their support.
"We are happy to see people from all walks of life getting together on Malaysia Day and having a good time," she said.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah said the street party was a good initiative by the residents.
"Malaysia Day is important to remind the people of the formation of our country 49 years ago. It is good to see the residents coming together and celebrating this wonderful event.
"We hope to see more people taking part in activities such as these," said Nurul Izzah.