A TOTAL of 10,000 people from all over the world took part in the Second Chinese World Assembly held in a hybrid manner.
With the imposition of travel and gathering restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only about 100 Malaysian participants attended the assembly physically at E&O Hotel, Penang.
Another 500 local participants witnessed the ceremony via Zoom application, which was simultaneously broadcast through several online platforms for delegates from Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, United States, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines and Singapore.
Themed ‘The Values of Chinese Traditional Culture in Changing Times’, the assembly was officiated virtually by Senate president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
Present at E&O Hotel were Penang social development and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng and State Assembly Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang.
The event also witnessed the first Chinese Peace Prize being awarded to Dr Cheung Ming Tat, who is the founding chairman and chairman of the Board of Governors Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.
He was among five nominees shortlisted for the award, including Malaysia’s Datuk Peter Cheah Swee Huat from Penang.
The other nominees for the outstanding member of the Chinese community award were from Yokohama, Taipei and California.
There was also a fundraising project, with the proceeds raised through the event that would be channelled to support two charity projects — scholarships for underprivileged students and a children’s cancer fund.