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Hotel guests charmed by Lunar New Year celebration

HOTEL Equatorial Penang gave their in-house guests a colourful taste of Chinese New Year with a lion dance, firecracker ceremony and tossing of a giant yee sang.

Hotel Equatorial staff members and guests interacting with a lion dance troupe member

Season of hope and expectations

THERE was joy in the air during the Tanjong and Padang Kota Chinese New Year open house in Penang which saw guests tucking into a scrumptious buffet and enjoying stage performances.

A girl dressed up as God of Prosperity taking a group photo with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (left) and other guests during the Tanjong and Padang Kota Chinese New Year open house at Lee Sih Chong Soo building in Burmah Road. (from left) Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Senator Lim Hui Ying, and Chows wife Tan Lean Kee.Starpic By: ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star / 02 Feb 2019

Starmetro Watch

Wawasan Open University will be holding a free workshop for school leavers in conjunction with its Open Day today from 9am to noon at 54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang.

Begging for festive handouts

WITH a cigarette in one hand and a smartphone in the other, a ‘beggar’ waited patiently for people to put money in his plastic cup as he sat on the road leading to the famous Thnee Kong Tnuah (Jade Emperor Pavilion) in Ayer Itam, Penang.

Adults bringing along children to beg outside a resident’s house in Jalan Pokok Ceri leading to the Jade Emperor Pavilion

Council’s Ponggal fest celebrates diversity

SEBERANG Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohmad joined Indian council employees at the Pesta Ponggal MPSP as part of the council’s agenda to make 2019 a people-centric year.

Dr Ramasamy pouring milk into a claypot. With him are (from left) Kumaran, Rozali, Aziss, David and Jason Raj.

Mosque to hold CNY bash

A MOSQUE in Tasek Gelugor, Butterworth, Penang, will hold a Chinese New Year open house to build a closer rapport with the Chinese community in the area.

The banner on the mosque’s Chinese New Year open house put up near a Chinese temple in Tasek Gelugor.

Waste-to-energy plant for Melaka

MELAKA: The state government plans to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant at the Sungai Udang sanitary landfill here by the end of next year which would process solid waste into energy.

An insight into Ranee Margaret’s life and legacy

KUCHING: Mention Ranee Margaret and many people would probably not know much about her beyond the fact that she was the wife of Charles Brooke, Sarawak’s second Rajah.

Picture of Ranee Margaret with local people on display at the museum.

Church to introduce annual multi-lingual mass for Ponggal

JOHOR BARU: The Church of the Immaculate Conception will introduce a multi-lingual mass for the Ponggal celebration as one of its annual events.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception Parish Priest, Father Edward Rayappan (middle, blueblack shirt) taking pictures with representative of the apostel chairman at the multi-lingual mass Ponggal Festive Celebration

An end to illegal fishing

MIRI: The authorities have stumbled upon what may be a widespread dirty tactic used by local shipowners to carry out illegal fishing that bring in mega bucks.