MELAKA: Entrepreneur Goh Ming Kang (pic) is surprised at the overwhelming response for a mega colouring contest he is organising, in conjunction with National Day celebrations.
He said children from the Orang Asli and Portuguese communities here would be joining their counterparts from Chinese, Tamil and National schools at the event, themed "Colours of Unity" this Saturday (Aug 24) at the Elements Mall here.
The 40-year-old managing director of a food manufacturing company in the Selangor Halal Hub is offering 30 bicycles as prizes, as well as colouring materials and Jalur Gemilang to all participants.
He will also donate bicycles to three primary pupils from Kampung Gelam, as they can't afford it due to financial constraints.
"The response shows that everyone is proud to be Malaysian, as many signed up on short notice," he said on Thursday (Aug 22).
Goh had also invited a federal minister and state excos to attend the event.
He thanked the Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) for helping to make the event successful, adding that participation was still open.
Those interested in taking part can call 012-290 8103 or 019-221 7921.
Goh came to Melaka last month in search of cempedak (Artocarpus integer), in a bid to introduce the tropical fruit to China after Chinese food industry captains expressed interest in working with his company.
He was impressed by the bond the locals had, as they were willing to share contract farming offers with their friends from various races.
Goh also received a warm reception from Chief Minister Adly Zahari and State Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee.
He decided to organise the National Day event to show his appreciation to the Melaka government for upholding a strong sense of racial unity in the state.
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