Colourful CNY open house celebrates unity in Malaysia

Ahmad Fuzi (eighth from right) and Chow (to his right) at Penang Chinese Town Hall to celebrate the Lunar New Year. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THE colours and harmony of cultures at Penang Chinese Town Hall were on full display to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Traditional and cultural performances from various ethnic groups made it a fun and educational open house.

Guests were treated to a slew of delights with Oriental and local cuisine on the menu.

Tucking into dumplings, mutton curry and even fish fritters, guests were spoilt for choice as they enjoyed the festive atmosphere.

Guest of honour the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak graced the event that catered to over 1,000 people.

Ahmad Fuzi being warmly greeted by a lion dance troupe and the public.Ahmad Fuzi being warmly greeted by a lion dance troupe and the public.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow extended his gratitude to the association for their constant support and yearly events that have helped the community.

“They have throughout the years continuously organised activities and community programmes to fulfil their corporate social responsibilities.

“Such efforts are certainly something that should be praised because they indirectly preserve the tradition of celebrating festivals that contribute to the colourful life and unity in Malaysia.

“I appreciate the efforts of Penang Chinese Town Hall who often cooperate with the state government and take the lead in organising various activities that benefit the people of Penang,” he said in his speech.

Traditional Chinese dancers entertaining the crowd as part of a variety of ethnic performances on the night.Traditional Chinese dancers entertaining the crowd as part of a variety of ethnic performances on the night.

Earlier, association chairman Tan Sri Tan Khoon Hai wished everyone a Happy Chinese New Year and expressed his appreciation to attendees.

“With the arrival of the Year of the Dragon which symbolises prosperity, we hope that under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the unity government, there will be stable economic growth and continued advancement in the country,” he said.

“On our end, we will continue to assume this responsibility and mission in carrying out our usual events and activities.”

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