MELAKA: A Melaka local authority has organised more than a dozen of pre-Lunar New Year events this year with support from its multiracial business community.
Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ) president Mohd Rafee Ibrahim said the local authority would not have been able to cover large segments of society without support from these business entities.
“I am confident that the ‘Year of the Rat’ will further strengthen our unity and bring more prosperity to Melaka.
“For instance, we received overwhelming support from Shell RA Talang Enterprise owner Ridzuan Ahmad to organise various Chinese New Year events, ” he said in an interview Friday (Jan 24).
Mohd Rafee also thanked hotelier Datuk Marco Seow for organising a road safety campaign and giving away goodie bags for the Lunar New Year despite still grieving his late father.
“I wasn't aware that he (Seow) had lost his father until I was told during the event, ” Rafee said.
Seow, who is the CEO of Bayou Lagoon Park Resort at Bukit Katil here, attended the event on Thursday (Jan 23) together with Mamee-Double Decker Bhd director Datuk Gary Choo.
When met, Seow said his 73-year-old father passed away on Nov 26 last year due to an illness and based on the Taoist faith, his family should not hold any celebrations for a period of one year.
“What I am today is because my father’s guidance, ” he said.
Seow said his father Datuk Seow Cho Thoy rose from rags to riches, starting out as a mechanic who also planted tapioca to support his family.
The senior Seow bought a piece of land in Klang for RM20,000 when he turned 25 and built a factory that he rented out to collect enough funds to venture into property development together with one of his siblings.
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