Coming together in celebration

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Feb 2019

Enjoying the occasion: Dr Mahathir getting in a big bite of prosperity with the celebratory yee sang at the open house hosted by Lim and NCCIM, whose president Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap is seated on the right. Joining in the celebration are Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali (seated beside Dr Mahathir), Wan Azizah and Anwar (centre, foreground) in Kuala Lumpur. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians and tourists attended open houses during the second day of the Chinese New Year.

Despite the hot weather, everyone donned their best outfits and enjoyed the delicacies offered by their Chinese hosts.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several other Cabinet ministers attended the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) here during the second day of Chinese New Year yesterday.

Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, both in red attire, arrived at 10.40am and were welcomed by Lim.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also attended the open house. She was accompanied by her husband and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was among the Cabinet members who attanded the event.

Others who came included China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian, and the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell.

Dr Mahathir, in his Chinese New Year message, said Malaysians were lucky to be able to experience the celebrations of different cultures and ethnic groups, calling on the people not to be influenced by those threatening the country’s peace.

He also wanted Malaysians to pledge to defend the stability, harmony and peace of their beloved nation.

MCA hosted an open day on the first day of the Chinese New Year at Wisma MCA. Other political parties also hosted open houses at several states.

Meanwhile, although very few vehicles were seen in the city streets here yesterday, traffic is building up at major entry points at the highways leading into Kuala Lumpur.

Cars were seen queueing at several main toll plazas, including at Gombak, Senawang and Sungai Besi as people began returning to work. Ticket counters at bus and train stations were also busy.

The police were seen patrolling the streets to maintain security in Ops Selamat.

People also took the opportunity during the school holiday to enjoy some sight seeing with their family at popular tourist spots.

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