JOHOR BARU: The national Chinese New Year open house to be held at the Lido Beach Square here on Jan 24 is set to be different from those held previously.
State Tourism and Environ-ment Committee chairman Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said besides the usual spread of food for guests and cultural shows, there would be water sport events, fishing competition and Chinese calligraphy exhibition.
He said the organiser would also build two Chinese-style houses complete with an arch to create the typical local Chinese village ambience.
“There would also be several mock Chinese weddings to make the event merrier.
“We are expecting between 150,000 and 200,000 guests at the celebration,” he said after briefing representatives of various Chinese associations on the programme here yesterday.
Dr Chua said the side events would start at 9.30am while the proper open house would be from 5pm to 11pm.
He said the state government had also invited Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid and the Sultan of Johor Sultan Iskandar to grace the event.
“Other dignitaries expected to attend the open house are Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman,” he said.
Dr Chua said work to beautify Lido beach should be completed by the end of this month.
This is the second time the state is hosting a national open house, the first being the Hari Raya open house in 2001.
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