PETALING JAYA: Malaysians from all walks of life joined their Chinese friends and neighbours in celebrating the Chinese New Year by visiting them at their homes or their open houses.
As usual, thousands of people thronged the MCA open house at Wisma MCA in Jalan Ampang and the Gerakan Open House at Menara PGRM, Jalan Pudu Ulu on the first day of the CNY on Friday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman were among dignitaries present at the MCA open house.
On hand to welcome them were MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and party leaders.
Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong and former president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon were also busy entertaining guests at the party’s open house at Dewan Wawasan, Wisma PGRM.
Najib and Rosmah arrived at the Gerakan open house to the beat of the lion dance drums and greeted by Mah and other Gerakan leaders.
Also present were Muhyiddin, his wife, Noorainee, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussien, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, and People’s Progressive Party president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas.
In Kota Baru, the Chinese community in Kelantan ushered in the new year in a modest but joyous atmosphere.
Kota Baru MCA chairman Tan Ken Ten said the long holiday enabled family members to return home to celebrate the lunar new year with their loved ones.
In Malacca, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron attended the Malacca MCA CNY open house at Sekolah Menengah Pay Fong, hosted by Liow, who is also state MCA chief.
In Johor Baru, about 500 people attended the open house hosted by the city’s Tiong-Hua Chinese Federation in Taman Sri Tebrau.
It was also attended by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who later attended the open house hosted by State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong at the Pontian Diamond Jubilee Hall.
In Ipoh, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir attended the open house hosted by former transport minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha in Sitiawan.
In George Town, about 3,000 people attended the new year open house hosted by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Penang International Convention Centre in Bayan Baru.
In Selangor, the Chinese community in the state celebrated the new year by inviting friends, colleagues and neighbours to their houses.
The Selangor MCA will hold a CNY open house on Feb 11.
In Kuching, Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife Toh Puan Norkiah were among dignitaries who attended the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) CNY open house at the SUPP Headquarters at the Sa’ati Hall.
In Sandakan, Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman attended the CNY open house held by Gerakan, Liberal Democratic Party, Batu Sapi Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) branch, and Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (Sabah Chapter) chairman Tan Sri Andrew Liew. — Bernama