Kuala Ibai comes alive for Merdeka Festival

Adrian David

KUALA TERENGGANU: The serene Kuala Ibai sprung alive when thousands turned up in full force to celebrate the ‘Merdeka Festival 2018’.

The carnival-like atmosphere, was jointly organised by the Kelab Anak Muda Kuala Ibai ( KAMI ) and eight village community management councils (MPKK) in the mukim.

Kuala Terengganu PAS’ member of parliament Ahmad Amzad Hashim, who officiated at the event, said it was a great occasion to foster camaraderie and unity among the area’s local folk.

“Besides, it was a great way to celebrate Merdeka with people of all walks of like, young and old.

“We need to organise more of such community events to help keep people active and lead a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Present was festival programme director Salleh Abdullah.

(File pix) A silat daun demonstration accompanied by traditional music at the ‘Merdeka Festival 2018’ in Kuala Ibai. Pix by Adrian David

Among the activities organised were competitions for football competition and netball, a telematch, children’s colouring contest, an exhibition by the National Anti-Dadah Agency, a blood donation campaign and a silat daun demonstration.

Micro-credit loan facilitator Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (Yapeim) Al-Rahnu provided cleaning services for jewellery.

Participants at the festival were also enthralled at the flurry of gifts at the lucky draws. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd