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Published: Tuesday February 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:01 PM

Grand celebrations to remember

ARRIVING at the massive Penang Barisan Nasional Chinese New Year Open House together with the country’s ministers, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was greeted by festive Chingay flags, prancing lions and a huge crowd eager to shake the Prime Minister’s hand.

The event at the Han Chiang High School field in Air Itam on the second day of Chinese New Year saw Penangites and tourists arriving hours earlier before 9.30am, when the event was scheduled to start.

“Ho bo? Keong hee huat chai! (How are you? Happy New Year! in Hokkien).

“Thank you for such a heartwarming welcome for me and my family (wife Rosmah Mansor and children Norashman and Nooryana Najwa),” Najib said on the stage at 11.50am.

In his welcoming speech earlier, state Barisan chief Teng Chang Yeow said the coalition was determined to do the best for Penang.

“Today, we bring you the best (Psy) from Asia and the world.

“We want to do the best for this state,” he said at the event yesterday.

Earlier, Najib also attended the Chinese New Year get together at the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling where hundreds of people gathered to meet him.

The nation’s top leader arrived at the town hall at 9.20am.

Also present at the gathering were Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop as well as state Umno chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman.

The guests were treated to an array of local delicacies as well as Chinese traditional performances throughout the event, which ended before noon.

PCTH chairman Datuk Lam Wu Chong said in his speech that the traffic woes in Penang had confounded the locals and become one of the main problems plaguing the people.

He said there was an urgent need to address the matter and he hoped the state would be able to emulate other transport systems in major cities around the world.

“I am sure that Penangites will support the monorail system as it will help alleviate our traffic congestion,” said Lam.

He also said that besides having an efficient transport system, it was vital for the state to recover its free port status as it would help rejuvenate the state’s economy and benefit the people.

At the Penang International Sports Arena on Sunday, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng played host to more than 4,000 people at his Chinese New Year Open House.

The guests were feted to an array of local delicacies as well as several cultural and choir performances throughout the event, which started at 10.30am.

The festivities started with an energetic lion dance performance which drew rapturous applause from the crowd.

Mandarin oranges were also distributed to the people who attended the event.

Also present was Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

During the event, ang pows were distributed to the children, the elderly and the disabled.

Yesterday, Lim attended the Bagan DAP Open House at the Dewan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth at about 1pm.

Also present was his father, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.

The VIPs tossed yee sang while there was a buffet spread for the guests.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Family Community, Chinese New Year Open Houses in Penang

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