A flurry of holiday festivities

pretty sight: Lanterns all lit up at the Japanese Garden in Island Park.

THE century-old Campbell Street Market, which will be closed for upgrading works in June, will hold a Chinese New Year celebration on March 5.

The luncheon, which is expected to draw a crowd of more than 600, will be held for the fifth year.

Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik said the event, hosted by the Campbell Street Market Association, would be the last event at the market before it is closed for 18 months for the upgrading works.

Ng declined to reveal further details about the project, saying that the tender details were being finalised.

He, however, said there was a proposal to develop the market as a major tourist destination, with the heritage aspects of the place being retained as the site is located in the George Town heritage enclave.

Ng was speaking to reporters at the market on Monday.

At another press conference, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said that the state DAP CNY open house would be held at the Penang Chinese Town Hall at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling at 7pm on Feb 22.

He said DAP leaders like Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and others were expected to attend the event.

Over at the Japanese Garden in Island Park, 300 lanterns were lighted up for the CNY celebration.

The event on Monday was witnessed by state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer.

Rayer said the lanterns were put up at a cost of RM13,000 to brighten up the garden during the festive season.

“The garden is a popular recreation ground for the people in the area and we decided to beautify it with lanterns,” he said.

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