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Tuesday February 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The spirit of 1Malaysia was evident as thousands of people from all walks of life thronged MCA’s Chinese New Year open house on Sunday.
The celebration hosted by the party took a unique twist this year as it was held away from MCA headquarters, where the event is usually held.
This time, it was held at the grounds of Sri Johor flats in Bandar Tun Razak in Cheras.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said MCA’s decision to “bring” its open house to the people was true to Barisan Nasional’s spirit of putting the people first.
“MCA is hosting its Chinese New Year party in Bandar Tun Razak among grassroots because the party believes in putting the people first,” he said.
Najib hoped that the Year of the Snake would bring success and luck to the country and all Malaysians.
Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman were among dignitaries present at the MCA open house, which saw people coming as early as 8am to be part of the festivities.
At hand to welcome the guests were MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and other party leaders.
The Prime Minister arrived to a rousing welcome and a lion dance before he was ushered to put down his signature on a bus bearing Barisan Nasional’s logo and MCA’s motto of “stability above chaos”.
Flat Sri Johor resident Chan Chiew Peng hoped the event would be a yearly affair.
Another resident Rodia Mohd Yusup, 53, also gave the thumbs up to having the event outdoors and in a residential area.
“It is more festive this way and we can see many mingling regardless of race and religion.”
A. Kumar, 31, who came from Batu Caves with his wife P. Gayathri, 30, and daughter Thiyakshwa, two, said he would be back next year.
American Dawn Kingsley, 47, came from Singapore with her husband Tom and their three children, Tommy, Tegan and Noah.
“It is interesting to see how it is celebrated. We even got a chance to see the prime minister which is nice,” she said, adding that they enjoyed the acrobatic performances.
Dutch Ivar Dorst, who is visiting Malaysia for the first time, described his first open house as a lot of fun and has the pictures to prove it.
“I am glad I could attend. The food was good and the people are friendly,” said Dorst, who arrived from the Netherlands on Saturday.
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