Three-day celebration aims to foster understanding and tolerance

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

Participants from Infinity Studio Butterworth giving a performance.

THOUSANDS of people flocked to a three-day Lunar New Year celebration at Guan Yin Ting Dou Mu Gong Temple in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth.

About 40 booths were set up to showcase Chinese arts and culture at the event organised by Bagan Jermal assemblyman Soon Lip Chee’s service centre, Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng’s service centre and Kampung Simpah Village Community Management Council with the support of the state.

Several food trucks were also at the celebration to serve hungry visitors.

Soon, who is also state youth and sports committee chairman, said the programme was held to encourage youths to get involved in Chinese cultural activities.

“We also welcome other races to come and visit.

“This is the second year we are holding this programme and we have received overwhelming support from the community and various kongsi here.”

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who opened the event, praised the organisers.

He said the celebration was an opportunity for the Chinese community to come together and learn more about their own culture while sharing the experience with those of other ethnicities.

“This is a good way to promote understanding, tolerance and acceptance.

“It is important that we know a little bit about our neighbours and how they live.”

Also enjoying the celebration were state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, Jawi assemblyman H’ng Mooi Lye and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy.

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