Going the extra mile for a special treat

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  • Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007


THE longest yee sang in Malaysia will make its debut this Saturday at Jalan Bukit Bintang during the Kuala Lumpur Chinese New Year Open House 2007 in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007. 

The yee sang will be 500m long and will feature 18 types of vegetables.  

It will be arranged from the beginning of Jalan Bukit Bintang to the Jalan Pudu turnoff.  

The current record for the longest Yee Sang is 304.5 metres.  

Special gift: City Hall director-general Datuk Salleh Yusup (left) and Visit Malaysia Year2007 secretariat head Hashimah Nik Jaafar look on as Abdul Hakim (right) gets anorange from the God of Prosperity.

“We have made a special container that looks like the scales of a dragon with different hues to make it more interesting,” said Bukit Bintang MCA chief Senator Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng. 

He was speaking at a press conference attended by Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan last Monday.  

The event is being organised with the help of Bukit Bintang MCA division, the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 secretariat as well as hotels and businesses in the vicinity. 

The festival will include a unique Dragon Dance from 10 groups who will perform with Chinese drums along Jalan Bukit Bintang. The dragon is estimated to be 500m long.  

Lee: We have a specialcontainer to make it moreinteresting.

Abdul Hakim said the location was chosen due to its popularity with tourists and City Hall's concept of “bringing the festival to the people.” 

“We expect a crowd of 20,000 and we advise visitors to use public transportation,” he said. 

“Train services will be extended to 1am to ensure visitors can go home easily.” 

Those who are driving are advised to park at the shopping malls and walk towards Jalan Bukit Bintang as most of the roads will be closed for the event that begins at 8.30pm.  

Jalan Bukit Bintang will be closed from the Jalan Sultan Ismail turnoff to the Jalan Pudu turnoff from 10pm to midnight on Mar 1 due to rehearsals.  

During the event, one lane of the same stretch will be closed from 3pm to 5pm, while the whole road will be closed from 5pm to 11pm.  

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