On the 25th of June 2019, 21 Syawal 1440 AH, Harwood Timber invited all staff to a special occasion at the Endorsement and Shipping Office. For a second year in a row, it is extra special as we had double celebration which were Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya Aidilfitri. In Harwood, Hari Gawai and Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri are an annual occasion honoring diversity and the confluence of cultures amongst everyone. Regardless of our race and religion everyone attended the event and enjoying the Gawai and Raya vibe.
All departments were required to prepare one or two dishes for everyone to share. There were Nasi Tomato, Ayam masak Merah, Acar, Salted Fish, Lamb Curry with French loaf, Lasagna, local kuih and desserts. Every department made an extra effort in presenting their dishes with colorful decorations. To add a twist and flavor to the event, this year we invited Lock Ann food truck to serve us with their famous Ais Kacang and Ais Batu Campur Special.
The event was attended by our General Manager, Tuan Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Abdullah with the presence of our Executive Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hj Bujang B. Mohd Nor.
Upon arrival of our guest of honor YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hj Bujang B. Mohd Nor, he was brought to visit all stalls for a food testing and photo session. At the age of 84, to be able to greet all staff and mingle with them on this auspicious event will definitely be one of our best memory together in Harwood.
The event began with a Doa recital by Encik Wahid Bin Amit and followed by an opening speech by the General Manager, Tuan Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Abdullah. During the event, Harwood staff were entertained by a special montage video of all Harwood staff state wide, specially done with the assistance of MIS Department and treated to various kind of delicacies afterwards.
In the midst of eating and chatting among each other, a lucky draw session was held to enliven the celebration. Everyone waited patiently for their name to be called. A total of 25 lucky draw prizes were given for Gawai Raya celebrations this time. Lucky or not, this joyful moment was shared among everyone in the room and we hope we can do this again next time.
Besides the HQ Office in Kuching, our four regional offices in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Sarikei were also celebrating Gawai Raya. All four regions have shown a very dedicated teamwork and creativity in order to brighten up the atmosphere of their celebration. Also attending their event were our very own General Manager, Tuan Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Abdullah and Deputy General Manager, Mr. Ong Lip Kheng.
Events or gatherings like these in Harwood are in line with Harwood’s value statement to promote teamwork, rcaring. To seek forgiveness and to look beyond imperfections in each other, it is hoped that by organizing this event yearly, it will build a bond that transcends all barriers. Creating memories, together we are one as we put our differences behind.