Show of unity in Ayer Hitam

Dr Wee (left) serving guests mee hoon at the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency CNY open house. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

THE atmosphere was cheerful at Bangunan MCA Yong Peng, Johor as 3,000 people from all walks of life came together to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency open house featured an array of performances including 24 Festive Drums and traditional dances.

People could also be seen making a beeline for the food stations to savour a variety of dishes available.

Nasi briyani, satay and fried noodles were the hot favourites.

Housewife Fauziah Yusoff, 63, said she had been attending the constituency’s open houses for many years.

“I really enjoy such open houses, regardless of whether it is for Chinese New Year or Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” she said.

“I find them to be very lively. Not only do we get to enjoy good performances and food, most importantly, we also get to see people from all races coming together.”

Echoing the sentiment was teacher M. Surender, 32, who was among Southern Volunteers helping out at the event.

“Whenever there is a big event, including open houses, we will come down to help.

“We are here to assist those with disabilities or the elderly who are wheelchair bound.”

“For me, such festive events are very special as it is a way for us to get to know one another better.

“It is a good place to foster the spirit of unity.

“I am glad that I could do my bit to lend a helping hand while enjoying such a vibrant atmosphere,” he said.

Tan Hean Siew, 47, from Penang, said he liked going to Yong Peng every now and then because it was relaxing.

“I really like the relaxing atmosphere here. It is a good escape from hectic city life.

“This is my second time visiting such an open house and I am glad that I could make the time to attend it.”

MCA president and Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong described the response to his Chinese New Year open house as very good.

“There is an overwhelming turnout with many who arrived even before the event started.

“I am thankful to those attending the event and the organising committee for their efforts.

“Our unity and multiculturalism should be treasured and protected as these elements make us unique,” he said.

Dr Wee also handed out ang pow to children.

Present was MCA National Youth chief Ling Tian Soon, who is also Yong Peng assemblyman and Johor health and environment committee chairman.

Other attendees included Semarang assemblyman and Johor Deputy Speaker Datuk Samsolbari Jamali, Parit Yaani assemblyman Datuk Najib Samuri and Bekok assemblyman Tan Chong.

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