Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) said the state executive council made the decision yesterday after the Prime Minister's Office announced they were cancelling this year's Cabinet ministers and national-level Hari Raya open houses.
Other than the state's open house, Lim is also cancelling the Air Putih open house in his state constituency.
The open houses planned by the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) and the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), where Lim is chairman, are also cancelled.
"We are all still grieving but the celebration has to proceed for our Muslim friends, who have fasted for a month.
"The celebrations can be held but in moderate and orderly fashion. The elected reps can hold their celebrations in their areas in moderation.
"The same goes for government departments and agencies for their own staff, without inviting people from outside," he said today at his Komtar office.
Lim said the state government is standing by Putrajaya's call to seek justice for the victims of the MH17 crash.
The Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed in the eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk last Thursday after it was allegedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
Pro-Russia separatists in the troubled region have been accused of shooting down the plane "by mistake". – July 25, 2014.