May 07, 2005 00:33 AM
JOHOR BAHARU, May 6 (Bernama) — Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman Friday night hosted Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah to a dinner with a difference — an offering of foodstall fare at his official residence Saujana here.
Among the traditional Johor dishes on the menu were mee bandung, laksa Johor and beriani gam.
The other dinner guests included Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Ghani took Jusuf and Najib for a tour of the food stalls before dinner and then put on a show of local cultural offerings that included the ghazal, zapin and keroncong, with popular Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza making an appearance.
Saturday, Jusuf and his wife will have an audience with the Sultan of Johor Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene before they leave for home.