JOHOR BARU: Chinese New Year open house continues to be popular in the state based on the large turnout of people from all walks of life at these gatherings.
This year Johor MCA will have at least three major open houses in the south, central and the north of the state. The open house in central Johor will be held today while for the north open house will be held in Muar on march 8.
The open house in Johor Baru drew a huge crowd to the Johor Baru Indoor Stadium on Feb 28.
The event was historic as this was the last time a large-scale event was held at the stadium, which will soon be demolished for a development project.
Besides the usual lion dance and Wushu performances, the guests including Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin were entertained to other performances by local groups.
Meanwhile MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong praised the state government for being able to draw in the highest foreign direct investments in the country for two consecutive years.
“This shows how well the state is being managed,” he added.
On politics, Dr Wee added that the state MCA was intensifying its effort to win back at least four seats lost in the south of the state namely Johor Jaya, Pengkalan Rinting and Stulang.
“We are also looking at wrestling back the Gelang Patah as the MP is always missing,” he said.
DAP’s advisor Lim Kit Siang is the Gelang Patah MP.
He urged the party together with the Barisan Nasional component parties to also help ensure the MCA parliamentary seats of Tebrau and Tanjung Piai remained in BN fold.
Meanwhile, in Muar some 600 MCA members along with several MIC and Umno representatives from the Muar division were treated to a scrumptious dinner.
Dr Wee and Muar MCA division chief Tay Puay Chuan attended the dinner, which was hosted by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who is also the Muar MP on Feb 27.
In Bekok on the same day, some 1,200 visitors from all walks of life gathered at the Bekok multi-purpose hall for the Labis MCA division open house.
Visitors were treated to a wide variety of local dishes including Murtabak and Putumayam during the luncheon which was hosted by Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong.
Chua, who is also the Deputy Finance Minister and MCA vice president, mingled with the local community before distributing Mandarin oranges and ang pow to the children as well as the underprivileged.
Cook Hamidah Othman, 54, who thronged the event with some friends, said she enjoyed joining such celebration as it showed the true identity of a multiracial community.
“I have been living here for the past 30 years and most of the people here are my friends and so I show my support for the community.
“It is always fun to watch the lion dance and other cultural performances while indulging in good food with friends,” she told StarMetro when met at the open house.
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