BANGI: The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has forced several Chinese New Year events to be cancelled, but Mah Sing Group Bhd decided to continue with its grand open house for Chap Goh Mei with several precautionary actions taken at its sales gallery in Southville City here Saturday (Feb 8).
Guests who arrived at the event were handed face masks, while sanitisers were provided in restrooms and held by the organising staff members.
A Mah Sing spokesman said the face masks were only provided to guests as a courtesy in the event they were feeling unwell and could not get their hands on available face masks at pharmacies and stores.
"We are aware that most places selling face masks are running out of stock, so we are handing it out to those who need it.
"We offer it to all guests who attended, but there are those who refuse to take it as they feel there isn't a need," the spokesman said.
Emphasising that the company did not force guests to wear the face masks, the spokesman said Mah Sing only provided the necessary precautions for guests to feel safe at the event.
About 300 guests attended the event, most of them residents of Southville, Mah Sing's customers and members of the public.
The event was graced by Mah Sing founder and group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum, CEO Datuk Ho Hon Sang and Mah Sing’s senior management team.
The event kicked off with 10 festival drum and acrobatic lion dance performances in front of the Southville Mah Sing sales gallery, with guests gathering around, some with face masks on.
Veteran Malaysian singer Crystal Liew Yan Yan and Astro Classic Golden Melody singers serenaded guests with classic Chinese New Year songs during the open-air feast with guests, together with Mah Sing's management team.
"We are happy to celebrate with our guests, who are mainly local residents.
"Most of them were excited to attend the event for the acrobatic lion dance as those who confirmed their attendance specifically asked for the time of the performance," the Mah Sing spokesman said.
In view of the situation in Wuhan, the spokesman said Mah Sing Group, through its corporate social responsibility arm, Mah Sing Foundation, and in collaboration with NGO Ops Harapan, will be donating RM100,000 worth of medical supplies directly to hospitals and first medical responders in Wuhan, China by next week.
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