Bringing the community together

Lim (third from left) tossing yee sang with Chow (fifth from left) and Ahmad Fuzi (sixth from left) during the Penang Chinese Town Hall Chinese New Year open house at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling in George Town. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

A VIBRANT lion dance, an awe-inducing drum performance and multicultural dances are among the many things to look forward to each time the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) hosts its Chinese New Year open house.

This year was no different as they ushered in the Year of the Rabbit with a host of wonderful performances.

Residents of three charity homes were also part of the festivities which drew over 1,300 people.

PCTH chairman Tan Sri Tan Khoon Hai said the open house luncheon was held every year.

“We always invite a few homes to join in the festivities.

“This year, we invited 550 guests and served food to another 800 guests downstairs (below the hall).

Tan hoped that Penang would enjoy an influx of visitors now that borders had reopened.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in his speech, thanked Tan and PCTH members for their commitment in organising events that bring the community together.

“They organise events and activities that are of great value for the community and which are in line with the state government’s policies and vision,” he said.

Chow shared that this year, the state government was determined to keep bringing changes and helping the state recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The focus of the state government remains the same, which is to continue the recovery efforts in the affected sectors in line with the Penang2030 vision,” he said.

The guest of honour at the open house was Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, who was joined by MPs and state assemblymen. — By N. TRISHA

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