Amidst the scare of the novel coronavirus outbreak which forced the cancellation of several Chinese New Year events, Mah Sing chose to go ahead with its Chap Goh Meh celebration with a grand open house at its sales gallery in Southville City here yesterday.
Guests were handed face masks while hand sanitizers were provided for in the restrooms as well as by some staff.
A Mah Sing spokesperson said face masks were provided to guests as a courtesy in the event that they felt unwell and also because many were unable to buy them from pharmacies.
“We are aware that most places selling face masks are running out of stock, so we are only handing them out to those who need them.
“We offered them to our guests but there are those who refused to take the face masks as they feel there isn’t a need for them,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company did not force guests to wear them.
Mah Sing, said the spokesperson, was only providing the necessary precautions for them to feel safe.
About 300 guests, including residents of Southville City, customers and members of the public, attended the event.
The celebration was graced by Mah Sing founder and group managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum, its CEO Datuk Ho Hon Sang and members of its senior management team.
The event kicked off with a 10-festival drum performance and an acrobatic lion dance in front of the Southville City sales gallery.
Local singer Crystal Liew Yan Yan as well as those from the Astro Classic Golden Melody serenaded guests with Chinese New Year songs during the feast.
“We are happy to celebrate with our guests who are mainly local residents. Most of them are excited to see the acrobatic lion dance as those who confirmed their attendance specifically asked for the time of the performance,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson also said that Mah Sing, through its corporate social responsibility arm, Mah Sing Foundation, and in collaboration with non-governmental organisation Ops Harapan, would be donating medical supplies worth RM100,000 to hospitals and first responders in the epicentre of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, next week.
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