This was his first celebration of the Malaysian National Day in Venezuela, that’s why many of the diplomatic corps accredited in Venezuela attended to welcome him in his new diplomatic post in the country.
The salon was artfully decorated with Malaysians motifs that reflected the exotic mixture of its rich heritage of culture together with tropical flowers. The new Malaysian ambassador, his wife and the embassy staff were right at the entrance receiving their invitees who expressed many good feelings and congratulated them. In the hall, people could watch a video presentation on a large screen highlighting Malaysia’s interesting and colourful places, peoples, customs, festivals and arts.
At one side of the salon the large table with exquisite Malaysian food gave the invitees the possibility to enjoy Malaysia in all its senses. When people looked around they enjoyed the video, the food, shared the way of the Malay-sians, saw the traditional dresses of the ladies, and tried the unique cuisine. it was like a piece of Malaysia brought to Caracas.
Malaysia has 25 million people, the same as Venezuela, which are spread over 13 states and 3 federal territories, en-compassing more than 200 islands in the South China Sea.
It also has an incredible religious diversity with the majority Muslim population living harmoniously with Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.
Its history as an independent nation began following the Japanese occupation during World War II, when popular support for independence grew. Post-war British plans to from a “Malayan Union” were scuppered by the Malays. Independ-ence was achieved on August 31, 1957 under the name of the Federation of Malaya. Eventually, Malaysia was formed through merging of the Federation of Malaya and North Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) on September 16, 1963.
But perhaps the highlight of the evening for the guests was the delightful cuisine. The selection of dishes were nasi goreng (fried rice), mee goreng (fried noodles), karipap (curry puffs), gulab jamons (sweet dessert) and Malaysian famous satay (bite-sized marinated beef and chicken) with spicy peanut sauce to tease those “picante” lovers’ tastebuds.
Guests expressed their delight and amazement at the impressive variety of food and fell in love at first scent.
By Virginia Casulo
Daily Journal Staff
Photos by Nélida Mosquera