Festive spirit: Ong handing out ang pow to the elderly during the brunch gathering at the Tow Boo Keong Temple in Ipoh.
IPOH: About 2,000 elderly individuals enjoyed an early Chinese New Year celebration at the Tow Boo Keong Temple where they were treated to a sumptuous brunch.
They were also given red packets and gift bags from MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who is the temple’s adviser.
Ong said the event yesterday was organised annually to spread cheer to the needy. This was the 16th year it was being held, he said.
“We began by providing food and ang pow to 100 needy senior citizens but the numbers increased as each year passed,” he said, adding that the event was for those who were 65 years old and above.
“They were required to pre-register earlier but there were some who came at the last minute,” he told reporters at the event.
Ong said many of them were neglected, poor and disabled and required care and attention, especially with the festive season around the corner.
“This simple event can make a lot of difference to them,” he added.
Retiree Ho Tet Sung, 87, from Buntong said this was the second time that he attended the event.
He said it was nice to be remembered by people, especially during the festive period.
“My wife suffered a stroke a few years ago, so she was unable to attend. I will give her the mandarin oranges I received in the gift bag. It is nice to be here and make new friends,” he added.
Another recipient, who only wished to be known as Tang, said this was his first time at such an event.
He said he did not know about it until a friend told him.
“For me, Chinese New Year is usually quiet, said Tang, who resides in Pasir Pinji.