WITH the Chinese New Year celebration just around the corner, several streets in Penang are now aglow with dazzling red orbs to enhance the festive mood.
A total of 8,000 lanterns were strung across Cannon Street, Armenian Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, King Street, Church Street, Bishop Street, Light Street, Beach Street and Weld Quay to symbolise luck and prosperity in the Year of the Dog.
All the decorations including the prominent 4.7m-high lantern structure at Esplanade will be up until March 6.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng thanked Eastern and Oriental Berhad (E&O) for sponsoring RM200,000 for the lanterns.
“As a Penang heritage icon, the E&O Hotel has been a leading landmark for its unique old-world charm and hospitality.
“The lanterns at the heritage enclave will set a joyous and vibrant mood for Chinese New Year. It will definitely put a festive spirit in welcoming the Year of the Dog,” he said during the mock cheque presentation at the hotel recently.
The mock cheque was presented by E&O group corporate strategy director Lyn Chai and E&O group hospitality and lifestyle director Michael Saxon.
“E&O is proud to sponsor the festivities and thank the people of Penang for their patronage.
“We would also like to wish them good health, good luck and prosperity for the year ahead,” the company said in a statement.
Also present were Lim’s political secretary Wong Hon Wai, state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow and Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik.
Meanwhile, the festive atmosphere was also reflected in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, where 10,000 red lanterns were strung up.
State executive councillor Lim Hock Seng said the decoration started since 2009 and the RM500,000 project was a joint effort between the state government and private sectors.
Similarly, Bukit Mertajam town was aglow with 4,500 lanterns including in Jalan Pasar, Jalan Tokong, Jalan Bunga Raya and other nearby areas.