The VIP was none other than Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
Organising chairman Mak Chee Kin said they were pleasantly surprised when Idris agreed to accept their invitation.
“I was really touched when the chief minister responded to my message.
“He wanted to experience the spirit of unity and camaraderie synonymous with festival,” he said.
Mak said Idris had the audience in stitches when he shared some amusing anecdotes of how the festival might have originated.
Later, the Chief Minister joined the school staff and other guests to release lanterns into the air.