PETALING JAYA: Several programmes scheduled in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration have been cancelled following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) announced that it was cancelling the Chinese New Year celebration event scheduled today.
Its president Datuk Tan Yew Sing said that over the years, MCCC had organised celebrations by inviting members and entrepreneurs locally and abroad.
“However, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, MCCC has cancelled the Lunar New Year celebration which was originally scheduled to be held today at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global emergency as the virus has spread to at least 18 countries.
As a sign of support, MCCC would purchase medical gloves to be sent to the epidemic areas, Tan said.
“China is facing a challenging moment now. As a show of concern and support, MCCC has purchased 10,000 medical gloves to be sent to the epidemic areas, ” he added.
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa has also cancelled a collaborative outreach programme with Kechara Soup Kitchen Society called #zero foodwastage Initiative to distribute food to the needy in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope to have a similar event after the situation improves, ” said a Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa spokesman in an email.
In Johor Baru, the annual Chingay festival is expected to go ahead as planned, but the organisers are not taking any chances, especially when it comes to maintaining hygiene and cleanliness.
Some 10,000 bottles of hand sanitisers will be made available and those attending the event will be given a free mask each.
Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association president Ho Sow Tong advised those who are feeling unwell to stay at home.
They can still follow the festival live via the association’s online portal.
The festival attracts tens of thousands of people to the city each year.
The Chingay festival will be held from Feb 11 to 15.
In Penang, several open houses have also been called off, among them the Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd’s Chinese New Year open house scheduled on Feb 16.
In Kuala Lumpur, it is believed that both a bank and a housing developer have cancelled their events, while a Datuk who has planned to invite 1,000 guests for an open house has also called it off.