THE Chinese New Year celebration in Jalan Alor this year was a night filled with singing and dancing.
Bukit Bintang Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman See Foo Hoong said business operators in Bukit Bintang should take the Lunar New Year as a chance to start off on a positive note after the numerous bad publicity last year.
“Last year, there were many bad incidents that marred the image of Bukit Bintang, such as the theft in Plaza Low Yat, the bomb threats and the red shirt rally which affected the businesses here.
“I hope we can let go of the past and start fresh with positive thoughts.
“I also hope that if there are similar threats or incidents in the future, the business community will support each other through the difficult times,” See said.
Federation of Malaysian Chinese Guilds Association president Datuk Seri Chai Kim Sen, who was also present at the celebration, said the association had always supported traditional Chinese celebrations, especially those held at tourist attractions.
“As you can see, many people, locals and tourists alike, are stopping by to watch the show.
“Malaysia is a unique country with many celebrations, and we must showcase this to the world. What better way to do this than to have such events at tourist attractions?” he added.
He said that the Chinese in Malaysia make up to 23.4% of the population and so, needed to stay united and support each other to remain strong.
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