SOME 400 people from 15 institutions, special schools and orphanages feasted during a jolly Chinese New Year celebration at a Gurney Drive restaurant in Penang.
Organised by the Lions Club of Penang Light district 308B2, the crowd comprising children and the elderly kick started the session with a yee sang-tossing before digging in to the array of dishes.
Event chairman Rayson Khoo said the event was to share the festive cheer with the unfortunate to show that they have not been forgotten during the Chinese New Year.
“This is a community service held annually for children and adult.
“Our aim of hosting this event is to remind the younger generation to value the contribution and sacrifices made by their elders,” said Rayson, who is also Lions Club of Penang Light district 308B2 treasurer.
Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who launched the recent gathering said he hoped that such events would encourage everyone to live in harmony in line with the vision of making Penang cleaner, greener, healthier and safer.
The event ended with the distribution of goodie bags filled with daily necessities and angpow by the God of Prosperity.
In Butterworth, a big crowd turned up for the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin.
The guests were treated to local delicacies such as char koay teow, laksa and satay at the Akira basketball court in Taman Tenggiri, Seberang Jaya.
There was also a dance performance and lion dance.
Dr Afif, who is also Penang Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman, handed out angpow to children.
“I hope that this year will be a better year and that the people will foster unity,” he said.
Among those present was Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second daughter Nurul Nuha, who gave a speech at the event.