PENANG: Residents in the Armenian Street neighbourhood have been urged to decorate their buildings so as to brighten up the area where the national-level Chinese New Year open house would be held.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon called on pre-war building owners and occupants to invoke the festive mood by putting up decorative lights.
He said the decorations put up by individuals and organisations would further complement the lightings and lanterns put up by the Penang Municipal Council.
“We appreciate public support as we want to make the entire area as lively as possible,’’ he said after pressing the button to switch on the decorative lights and lanterns in Armenian Street last night.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, Prime Minis-ter Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim will attend the open house jointly organised by the ministry, the state government, Penang Chinese Clans Council and Clans Association Youth committee on Feb 4.
Dr Koh also said that monumental buildings in the vicinity such as the Mesjid Kapi- tan Keling, Mesjid Melayu, Khoo Kongsi and Cheah Kongsi had already been rehabili- tated.
The heritage enclave had been spruced up with refurbished buildings, upgraded infrastructure, and decorative lights, he said.
“I am satisfied with preparations at the site,’’ he said after a 50-minute walkabout to inspect the site.
Also present were Dr Koh’s wife Puan Sri Chui Kah Peng, state executive councillor Teng Chang Yeow, and Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.