Roaring kickoff for festive do


A group of primary school pupils jubilating after participating in the event.

IN SPITE of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Penang Chinese Clan Council (PCCC) will continue to hold the hugely popular Penang Chinese New Year Celebration (Miao Hui) 2022 in a hybrid manner.

The events and performances will be held live and online from now until Feb 15.

Those interested can check out Miao Hui’s Instagram (@pgcny) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pgcny) for more information.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow launched the celebration at the Khoo Kongsi Temple in Cannon Square on Saturday in a rousing ceremony led by a lion dance troupe.

Present among the guests were Chinese consul-general to Penang Dr Lu Shiwei, PCCC chairman Datuk Ang Cho Teing and Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi president Khoo Boo Yeang.

They were also treated to a modern dance and a specially composed Chinese New Year song performance by Penangite Janice Tan Yin Ern, 20.

Tan, an undergraduate from University of Nanjing, is a former participant of the Sing China! singing competition in 2017.

She is also the Penang Miao Hui ambassador.

Her song entitled ‘Check in and Celebrate Chinese New Year Together’ is available on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/ 5bf2lzMpkrt7AgpAStXS5j?si=3A-pe_4wQzCWdBhG4N6uXw)In his speech, Chow congratulated the PCCC for organising the 23rd edition of the celebration despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic over the past two years.

“Clan members have taken the trouble to organise this celebration so that our precious cultural heritage can be passed on to future generations.

“I feel very proud that the Miao Hui is organised with enthusiasm and hard work,” Chow noted.

He later presented the organisers with the Special Jury Award for the 2020 George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) Award for Cultural Heritage Activities for their dedication in organising the celebration over the years.

Chow added that the state government would continue to focus on implementing policies that benefit the people and lead them through these difficult times.

Ang said the 22nd Penang Miao Hui last year was held fully online for nine days, adding that “since 1999, PCCC has always focused on the promotion of Chinese tradition and culture, and the ultimate goal is for this culture to continue.”

Chow, Dr Lu, Ang and other guests later walked over to the nearby Armenian Park for the lantern lighting ceremony where a group of primary pupils entertained the crowd with a lively poetry recital-cum-dance.

Also present were state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, GTWHI general manager Dr Ang Ming Chee and Penang Island City councillor Wong Yuee Harng.

This year, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on Feb 1, marking the start of the Year of the Tiger according to the lunar calendar.

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