THE excitement of tossing yee sang and joy of receiving ang pow and goodie bags were evident on the faces of the children and senior citizens.
For us, it may seem like simple acts during Chinese New Year but for many of the unfortunate and poor, these are things that they do not get to cherish with loved ones and family members.
More than 10 homes comprising old folk, orphans and also residents of a drug rehabilitation centre enjoyed themselves at a Chinese New Year event at the Summit Subang USJ recently.
It was organised by the Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) USJ 2 & 6 in collaboration with the shopping mall and themed “Joy of Combined Festivals.”
KRT USJ 2 & 6 chairman Ang How Chuan said this was the fourth year that its committee had organised the event.
“Our Rukun Tetangga has organised a host of events in the past to get the residents to come together and do our share to foster unity and harmony,” said Ang.
“While getting the community to know their neighbours, it’s our aim to also help the less fortunate.”
He said the KRT USJ 2 & 6 was formed in 1994 and that they had various sub-committees such as the Senior Citizens Wing, the Ladies Wing and also the Youths Wing.
“We have only about 40 members under our Rukun Tetangga and plan to recruit more.”
He said crime in the USJ2 & 6 areas were mainly petty theft and was relatively low and under control.
Gracing the event was Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh.
Also present were DTZ Nawawi Tie Leung Property Consultants (which manages the complex) director Adzman Shah Mohd Ariffin and a representative from the National Unity and Integration Department Petaling district.
Adzman Shah said this was the third year that the shopping complex had been involved in the programme which brought together the underprivileged, disabled and old folk together.
Yeoh pledged RM3,800 from her state allocation for the Rukun Tetangga.
After the tossing of yee sang, there was a lion dance performance and this was followed by the giving of red packets which were sponsored by Stanley Lim, who was represented by his mother-in-law.
The invited homes were from all over Klang Valley, namely Rumah Kids, Agathians Shelter, Rumah Anak Yatim Al-Amin, Desa Amal Jireh, Rumah Charis, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kaum India, Grace Home, Beautiful Gate Disabled Centre, Shuang Fu Homes, Pusat Jagaan Baitul Siqah and Lifezone Rehabilitation Centre.