KOTA KINABALU: A fundraising dinner will be held here on Feb 17 to help victims of the novel coronavirus infection in China.
This dinner is an initiative by the Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry together with non-governmental organisations in the state, said its minister Datuk Christina Liew.
She said a special committee co-chaired by herself and Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) president Tan Sri T.C. Goh, has been set up to look into it.
"The move is an initiative of the state government as a goodwill gesture as we have always enjoyed a cordial relationship with China via the China consulate office in Kota Kinabalu, ” she said after the committee meeting on Monday (Feb 10).
“In times of trouble like this, we extend our support to the victims and pray that the viral epidemic will be a thing of the past soon, ” Liew said.
She said the dinner dubbed "We Care" charity dinner will be held at the Sabah Hakka Hall here.
"Stakeholders in the hospitality industry are invited to participate in the charity dinner," she added.
The meeting was attended by Goh, chairman of the Kota Kinabalu Hokkien Association Datuk Clement Yeh, Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) chairman Datuk Frankie Liew and president of the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK), Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen.
Liew, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) is also part of the special committee and will work out the programme for the charity dinner.
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