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Wednesday January 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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THE atmosphere was highly-charged when thousands of revellers turned up to usher in 2013 at various popular spots in Penang.
Over at the Esplanade, the rain did not dampen the spirits of those
who wanted to catch local acts such as Amy Search as well as Azlan
and The Typewriter performing
during the PG2013 Eighth Penang Golden New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration.
The highlight of the countdown was the three-minute fireworks
display that captivated the audience.
Among those who attended the celebration was engineer Chin Peng Siew, 25, who was encouraged by his friends to turn up at the Esplanade.
“I do not regret my decision as I got to watch the performances by Alexis Gan and Amy Search,” he said.
Earlier the crowd had warmed up for the countdown celebration by taking part in the Penang Golden Futsal Tournament and Golden K-Pop Dance Challenge.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also led a host of state executive council members to the stage to usher in the New Year.
To herald the start of 2013, the night sky in Tanjung Tokong’s Straits Quay was lit with fireworks
launched about 100m from the shoreline of the harbour and witnessed by some 10,000 spectators.
Straits Quay senior manager Amy Lee said the fireworks display cost them more than RM100,000 and lasted for six minutes.
Over at Penang Times Square, Taiwanese artistes rocked the stage to entertain more than 2,000 shoppers and revellers.
The highlight of the celebration there was none other than the performance of Tony Sun, a member of the famous Taiwanese 5566 boyband.
Sun was later joined by several state executive council members, Ivory Properties Bhd executive director Datuk Ooi Chin Loo and Penang Times Square general manager C.C. Yeap on stage to usher in the New Year.
At the stroke of midnight, a fireworks display illuminated the night sky with Komtar forming an impressive backdrop.
Earlier, Taiwanese superstars Chase Chang and Jackson Cheng performed with musical bands Mars & Coara and Xiau Yu Zhou (Little Space).
Having rocked the night away to live music and dance performances, the crowd at the Gurney Plaza’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, re-leased a sea of balloons at the stroke of midnight with a shower of bright confetti raining down on them.
Malaysian Idol winner Jaclyn Victor, who belted out a medley of tunes, was joined by thousands of revellers with a rousing chorus of cheers.
There was a Super Star Look-Alike parade, with several models dolled up in the guises of Marilyn Monroe, Blair Waldorf and Audrey Hepburn.
Michael Jackson was also present in spirit, as impersonators mimicked the pop icon’s signature moves to win goodies.
Lucky revellers took home prizes like a new TV set, iPhone 5, Swarovski crystal-studded watches, G Hotel room stay and product vouchers in the New Year’s Eve Lucky Draw.
At Queensbay Mall, cheers erupted when Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Pitbull and Rihanna impersonators performed the artistes’ popular hits.
Over at Auto City in Juru, Singaporean artiste and comedian Mark Lee kept the audience in stitches with his witty lines.
There were also a K-Pop and street dance challenge as well as performances by Akademi Fantasia Season 9 first runner-up Lena, artistes Suanne, Ruffmeckz, Melvin, Chriz and Mckishz.
At the Malaysian Music Countdown Show at the Han Chiang High School, Astro personalities and a fireworks show kept the audience entertained for the countdown.
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