Klang Valley folk greet new year with fun run, concert, prayer and dinner gathering

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  • Monday, 04 Jan 2016

Runners in neon attire participating in a family fun run before the night’s entertainment line-up. – RICKY LAI/The Star

More than 10,000 revellers filled the streets around Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre (MDCC) for a combined New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by the Curve, eCurve and IPC Shopping Centre.

Some of the merrymakers ended 2015 on a healthy note by joining the Curve’s Costume Nite Run.

Runners turned up in quirky costumes, some wearing funky hats or looking like dinosaurs while others had their faces painted as zombies or dressed up in superhero outfits. A pirate complete with a cardboard ship and sail also took part in the 3km run.

K.K. Yum, 45, who came as the well-loved Italian plumber game character, Mario minus the character’s brother Luigi, won the Best Costume title.

“It’s the second time the run is being held, and the first time they are having the costume category.

“But I’d still dress up with or without the category to entertain myself but mostly to make it fun for the children and runners. Last year I came as a golden man,” he said with a wide grin to match the merriment in the air that night.

Live performances set the night on fire at the New Year countdown at Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre’s Starlit Countdown 2015. – RICKY LAI/The Star
Live performances set the night on fire at the New Year countdown at Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre’s Starlit Countdown 2015. – RICKY LAI/The Star 

In the 5km category, serious runners clad in neon pinks and yellows brightly dotted the streets before enjoying the night’s entertainment.

Outrunning the rest were gym mates Amy Li, 36, and Rafe Ng, 39, who won first place in the female and male categories respectively.

The two avid runners from Klang love attending open-category runs almost weekly or at least once a month to keep fit.

Boustead Curve Sdn Bhd general manager Jazmi Kamarudin said the line-up in the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Mutiara Damansara was changed each year to give revellers a party to look forward to.

“It’s basically to reward our dedicated customers for their visits all-year round, while at the same time being sensitive to what they want.

“All three malls are mainly family malls, that’s why we specially cater to families with the run that brings people of all races and ages together,” he said.

As the night drew closer to midnight, guests were kept entertained by performers Mark Adam, Suki Low, Vince Chong, De Fam and Caliph Buskers.

Rapper Joe Flizzow sent the crowds into a frenzy leading up to the countdown, followed by a spectacular 10-minute display of fireworks rocketing to the sky.

At Ara Damansara’s Citta Mall, evening showers dampened the early part of the New Year’s Eve festivities, where the celebrations were supposed to be held in the shopping centre’s open-air carpark.

Stage entertainment aside, the mall’s management had also put up an outdoor children’s rubber slide, as well as two reverse bungee stands for mall-goers to try out.

Luckily, the rain stopped and the crowds started returning around 8pm, when lines slowly started forming at the bungee stands – one for kids and the other, for the grown-ups.

Costumed characters such as Batman and Ultra Seven from the Ultraman series walked amid the crowd, posing for photographs with fans.

The line-up of stage events saw veteran Malaysian pop and alt-rock outfit OAG @ Old Automatic Garbage, dancers from D8Second Performing Arts Studios and cover singer Alvin Lee taking to the stage in rotation. Fire-dancers also entertained the crowd in between acts with their pyrotechnics.

OAG finished off their final set before the countdown with their well-known 60s TV number.

Well-known beatboxer Sean Lee then took the stage and led the crowd straight through nearly 10 minutes of vocal percussion and sound effects, and then the countdown till midnight.

Even after the fireworks and well-wishes, people were still lining up to be catapulted nearly 20m into the air, although the organisers stopped the queue at 12.30am, and the last bungee riders finished up by 1am.

In Shah Alam, thousands converged on Dataran Kemerdekaan despite a drizzle to usher in the New Year with a light-hearted religious forum.

The crowd at the event, themed “Santai Generasi Idaman Selangor Ambang Tahun 2016”, comprised mostly families, who arrived as early as 7.30pm.

More than a hundred stalls selling snacks and drinks were also set up for revellers.

Many of the visitors took the opportunity to picnic in the field, while listening to motivational talks moderated by Malaysian celebrity Afdlin Shauki, who cracked jokes with the panellists and kept the crowd in stitches.

Well-known preacher Ustaz Azhar Idrus was invited on stage at 11.30pm and answered questions raised by some of the audience.

He ended his sharing session by playing the ukulele and singing with Afdlin and other celebrities such as Shahrul Shiro and Abam Bocey, much to the delight of the audience.

Ustaz Azhar then led a special five-minute prayer for the new year at 12.12am.

Meanwhile, there was joy and laughter at the hall of SK Seri Suria, Kuala Lumpur, as residents of Taman Tan Yew Lai and Taman Awan gathered for a New Year countdown celebration.

More than 100 residents joined the event organised by the residents’ association of both neighbourhoods.

Association president Adamsen S. Pereira said the celebration was for the residents to gather and enjoy New Year’s Eve.

“Every year, we normally organise a muhibbah night, an event similar to this. But this year we decided to do it on New Year’s Eve with performances and various programmes for the residents to enjoy,” he said.

Residents arrived at the school as early as 8pm and enjoyed buffet dinner before the start of the performances.

There were songs and dances as well as a Miss Tan Yew Lai competition, a beauty contest for girls aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Children below 12 years old also paraded in their costumes during the fancy dress contest.

Present at the celebration were guest of honour Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay, school headmaster Zainal Ahmad, Bukit Jalil Fire and Rescue station chief Jalailudin Abdul Mubin, as well as Taman Desa Medical Centre representative Evengeline Miranda.

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