MB joins Kluang’s 26 Chinese groups in CNY celebration

Khaled (sixth from left) holding up Chinese greetings with members of the Kluang Chinese Association, including its president Low (third from right). With him are Md Jais (second from right), Datuk Tee Siew King (third from left) and Kluang MCA division chief Gan Ping Sieu (far left) and his deputy Chin Sim Lai (right).

KLUANG: The town’s 26 Chinese associations and cultural groups have been urged to involve themselves actively in the state’s development.

The call was made by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin to over 200 representatives from the groups at a Chinese New Year event.

Khaled said although Kuala Lumpur, as the capital, had plans for economic development, it was necessary for Johor to have its own development plan too, based on the “muafakat Johor” principle.

He also called on the Chinese community in Kluang to vote for “Team Johor”.

“You can see how the state government is working to bring equal development to all its 10 districts.

“We are not partial, we take care of Kluang even though its elected representative is from the opposition,” said Khaled.

“I want Johor to be Number One, as a developed state with both economic and human development, and not just our identity card number,” he said.

Kluang Chinese Association president Datuk Jimmy Low Boon Hong said awards that Kluang received, such as the International Green Apple Award for its backlane rejuvenation work, were not easy to come by.

“We’re very proud of the international achievement, it’s not easy to get such awards, so I hope this co-operation between residents and the local government continues,” said Low, adding that Johoreans needed to come to consensus so that the state could continue progress.

Meanwhile, state committee chairman for housing and local government Datuk Md Jais Sardar, a Kluangite himself, said there were plans to improve Kluang.

Among them, Md Jais said, are further development for Kampung Paya, as well as creating a special, new industrial zone for Kluang to attract more businesses.

He also proposed creating a mass lion dance day as an event on the Johor tourism calendar.

“After seeing the 100 lion dance troupes performing during the recent Chinese New Year celebrations, I think we should have this every year.

“If Johor Baru can have its Chingay, we can have a 100-troupe lion dance to rival it, and become a fixture in the tourism calendar,” said Md Jais.

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