KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Feb 16 (NNN-Bernama) Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations across the country this year have been well received, with people from all communities and walks of life joining in with the spirit of joy of unity.
The Chinese community expect the Year of the Dog to bring happiness, harmony and success, with individuals required to improve their focus and believe in their own abilities.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor attended the CNY celebrations organised by MCA at Wisma MCA, and the one by Gerakan at the PGRM Building.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai, Gerakan President Mah Siew Keong, MIC president Dr S. Subramaniam and MyPPP president M. Kayveas as well as other Cabinet ministers.
A wide variety of cuisine was provided for guests from various races as well as foreign tourists, who were also entertained with a lion dance, as well cultural, singing and martial arts performances.
The celebrations in KELANTAN were lively as well, despite having only about 34,000 people from the Chinese community in the state.
According to Kelantan MCA chairman Hou Kok Chung, the celebration was made more special, as it was celebrated with other communities, as one big family.
In TERENGGANU, more than 1,000 people from the Chinese community attended an open house organised by MCA Terengganu in Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu, which was also attended by Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman and wife Puan Seri Halina Zakaria, as well as State Assembly Speaker Mohd Zubir Embong.
Guests were also entertained with a lion dance performance by Chung Hwa Wei Sin Secondary School students.
In PERAK, Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Dr Zambry Abd Kadir attended the open house hosted by former Lumut MP Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha in Sitiawan.
Meanwhile, International Trade and Industry Minister II Ong Ka Chuan is expected to hold an open house at his residence in Ipoh this afternoon.
In PENANG, about 5,000 people attended an open house organised by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Penang International Convention Centre (SPICE) in Bayan Baru, George Town, which began at 10am.
Also present were Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang Abdul Rahman Abbas and wife Puan Majimor Shariff, as well as Penang state executive councillors.
In MELAKA, Chief Minister Idris Haron did not miss the opportunity to visit his former teachers Tan Peng Heng and Yew Gin Gee at Bukit Katil and Semabok.
In the afternoon, about 5,000 people are expected to attend the Melaka MCA open house at the Pay Fong Secondary School hall on Jalan Kubu.
In SARAWAK, more than 1,000 people from various communities enlivened the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) open house held at Jalan Ong Kee Hui in Kuching.
The event was attended by Chief Minister Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Patinggi Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang.
In SABAH, Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Musa Aman visited the open houses organised by Sabah Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation president Andrew Liew, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Sandakan BN, and PBS deputy president Thien Fui Yun.
In JOHOR, the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah graced the residence of State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Tee Siew Kiong at Taman Setia Tropika in Johor Bahru.
Also present in the entourage were the Sultan’s sons,Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar, and son-in-law, Dennis Muhammad Abdullah.
Johor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Mohamed Khaled Nordin, meanwhile, attended an event organised by the Chinese Federation of Johor Bahru at the Wong Shee Fun Hall in Wisma Tiong Hua.
In NEGERI SEMBILAN, Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Mohamad Hasan joined about 5,000 attendees at the state-level celebration held at the Seremban Municipal Council Hall.
He was greeted by Negeri Sembilan MCA chairman Lim Chin Fui, MCA National Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon, as well as state executive councillors and leaders of state BN component parties.
In PERLIS, the cheerful atmosphere was clearly seen with premises and residences, especially around the town of Kangar decorated with lanterns and other ornaments in red and gold.
In PAHANG, many from the Chinese community held open houses to celebrate the occasion with familly and friends from other communities.
The public also took the opportunity to visit shopping malls around Kuantan, as well as tourist hotspots such as Teluk Chempedak, Batu Hitam Beach and Cherating.
In SELANGOR, Kapar MCA Division chief Song Kee Chai said it was customary for him to serve guests at his residence at his home in Klang on the first and second days of the celebration each year.
He said the Kapar MCA would host a celebration on Monday at Pulau Ketam, and in Sungai Lima Bagan on Thursday.
In KEDAH, many from the Chinese community took the opportunity to attend feasts with family members.
Kedah MCA deputy chairman Dr Leong Yong Kong said a state-level celebration hosted together with Gerakan would be held on Feb 19 in Alor Setar, with Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah also expected to attend.–NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM News Network