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KUALA LUMPUR: Up to 3,500 city dwellers and foreign tourists were treated to a mass breaking-of-fast experience for free at Dataran Merdeka in Jalan Raja here, in conjunction with the [email protected] 2017 programme, which began yesterday.

Despite being served with only simple dishes, such as turmeric fried chicken with rice, dates and canned drinks, participants felt that it was the priceless experience that mattered.

Shah Amin Abdullah, 23, was excited to be part of the massive crowd, breaking fast with the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building in the background.

"Such an event is suitable for forging closer ties among the people, sharing our culture with non-Muslims and making new acquaintances while waiting for the time to break fast," the salesman said.

[email protected] 2017 will take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the fasting month of Ramadan, until June 18.

Director-General of the National Culture and Arts Department Tan Sri Norliza Rofli said the highlights of the programme for today (Sunday) will be the appearance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, as well as the Solat Terawih Perdana, which will be led by an Imam from Mekkah, Syed Mohd Idris Al-Masyraf. – BERNAMA

The crowd which had converged at Dataran Merdeka for the Iftar@KL 2017 programme. Bernama pix.
The crowd which had converged at Dataran Merdeka for the [email protected] 2017 programme. Bernama pix.
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