SOME 20,000 people are expected to turn up at the Esplanade seafront tomorrow for the state’s Chap Goh Meh celebration.
One of the attractions will be the presence of the zany cast of ‘Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen’.
Penang Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said seven of the cast — Wang Wei Liang, Tosh Zhang, Joshua Tan, Maxi Lim, Bunz, Charlie Goh and Jaspers Lai — would stage a 40-minute performance.
“Besides promoting the latest instalment of ‘Ah Boys to Men’ scheduled to be screened on March 19, the artistes will also sing and play games with the audience.
“I’m sure they will help to liven up the celebration,” he said during a press conference at Komtar.
Law said the celebration would start at 7pm and last until 11pm.
Besides stage performances, he said visitors could also look forward to a riddle guessing game in Chinese, Malay and English with fabulous prizes up for grabs.
Law said four Astro artistes would also perform and interact with the visitors.
The celebration will culminate with a 10-minute fireworks display sponsored by the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
“The public can buy oranges at RM1 each to throw into the sea.
“The money paid will go to charity,” he said, adding there would also be various stalls offering local delights throughout the night.
Law said Jalan Padang Kota Lama would be closed from 6am to midnight while Jalan Tun Syed Syeh Barakbah would be closed from 2pm to midnight.
“To prevent traffic jams in the area, we advise the public to park their cars near Prangin Mall.
“We will provide free shuttle service from 7pm to 11pm every 20 minutes.
“The pick-up point is Wan Lee Brothers Sdn Bhd in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong and the drop-off point is near St George’s Church in Lebuh Farquhar,” he said.
Chap Goh Meh is a day many look forward to.
It is not only the last day of the Chinese New Year but also a day when single women hope to find their prospective husbands by throwing mandarin oranges into the sea or river.