CHINESE New Year came early for 800 underprivileged folk in Kedah who were treated to a buffet meal by the state government prior to the festival.
The event was held last Thursday at Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s official residence, Seri Mentaloon in Alor Setar.
Mukhriz also gave out goodies, cookies, oranges and angpow to the guests who came from throughout the state.
He said the event was held to bring cheer and spread happiness to the needy during the festive season.
“Every year, the state will hold celebrations for major festivals as this has been our way to celebrate our various cultures.
“We want to promote unity, mutual respect as well as understanding among the people” he said in his speech.
Mukhriz later tossed yee sang together with Barisan Nasional component party leaders and Chinese communinty leaders to usher in prosperity and wealth.
Those joining him were Kedah MCA deputy chairman Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong, Kedah Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai, Kedah MIC chairman Datuk S. Ganesan, Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock and Kedah Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Sunny Hoe.