The event also saw leaders from the Pakatan Harapan coalition parties spending some time together.
In his speech, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said DAP would continue fighting to reach their goals.
“We want to transform Malaysia into a developed country; uphold human rights and democracy; safeguard the welfare of the people; and achieve the national development agenda.
“Support from the people is one of the important factors that allowed DAP to govern Penang for three terms.
“We must understand the role of our party which is to contribute to development besides protecting the people’s physical and spiritual wellbeing.
“The fruits of the country’s development should be enjoyed by all,” said Chow, who is also Penang DAP chairman.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general, said the toll rate reduction would be a triple win for the people, Government and Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
“The people will enjoy the toll reduction, EPF will not lose its investment and the Government will not have to pay compensation to PLUS.
“The toll rates will not increase but will decrease in stages. This is just the first phase.
“We will make our promises a reality and this is just the beginning,” he said of the toll rate cut by 18% for private vehicles effective on Feb 1.
DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said 2020 would be a year for Pakatan Harapan to fulfil their promises.
“We want to be a successful, prosperous, progressive and top-class nation.
“We have to work together so that future generations will live in a developed country.”
Meanwhile, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was there to celebrate Chinese New Year with his DAP comrades.
“This country can only survive if we stand together as one family.
“We will not betray the trust of our people. We want change and the process must continue,” he said.
Also at the DAP Chinese New Year open house were Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Penang Amanah chairman Dr Roslan Ahmad, Penang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary Azahari Aris, PKR representative Gooi Hsiao-Leung, Penang Chinese Town Hall chairman Datuk Seri Khor Teng How and Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Seri Hong Yeam Wah.
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