TAPAH – In conjunction with the Ponggal festival on Jan 15, the Manitha Development Association created a new record by presenting the largest number of culinary sets together with food items worth about RM100,000 to 3,000 recipients, yesterday.
The association which received the sets sponsored by MCIS Malaysia, managed to get its name into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for giving out the most number of culinary sets for Ponggal to the lower income (B40) group.
Ponggal or Thaiponngal is an annual South Indian harvest festival held in mid-January. Rice is cooked in new earthenware pots to celebrate a bountiful harvest on ponggal day.
MBR representative K.K Buvaneswaren Naidu said presenting such a large quantity of culinary sets was in itself extraordinary and deserved recognition.
“This has been the first time that so many culinary sets were given out for Ponggal, although there have been other records previously associated with the festival where 300 to 400 such sets were presented, and another instance where 2,500 people were served with food.”
He was speaking to reporters after the Ponggal celebrations for Tapah and Chenderiang at the Tapah Merdeka Hall here yesterday. Present to hand over the sets were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and his wife of Datin Seri Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi.