Cultural activities add colour to Chinese New Year celebration

Last update: 25/01/2020

 KUALA LUMPUR,  Jan 25  (Bernama) -- The Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration today is made colourful with various cultural activities held by the Chinese community,  including hosting open houses to foster closer relations among the multi-racial community in the country.   
With the Chinese community ushering in the Year of the Rat, Malaysians of other races and cultural background also took advantage of the public holiday to visit their Chinese relatives and friends, making the celebration merrier.

In the federal capital, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, attended a CNY open house hosted by  Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan) at Menara PGRM here.

The couple was greeted on arrival at the venue by Gerakan president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau and then entertained a lion dance, cultural performances and singing of patriotic songs before joining other guests for the CNY prosperity toss, the “yee sang”

Economic Affairs Minister  Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and his wife, Datin Seri Shamsidar Taharin, were among the more than 1,000 guests present.

In SELANGOR, the Chinese community in Jalan Raya Baray, Klang, started the day by going to the Kwan Imm Temple to perform their prayers before going to visit relatives and friends.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari was among the guests at Pandamaran State Assemblyman Leong Tuck Chee’s house in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, to wish him and his family a happy new year.

At 8 pm tonight, the i-City theme park at Section 7 in Shah Alam ,will be the place to bring the family out to enjoy the weekend as various activities will be held in conjunction with the CNY celebration.

The public can look forward to watching the  acrobatic lion dance, dragon dance, drum performance and fireworks.

The state-level CNY celebration in Selangor will be held on Feb 1 at Dataran Petaling Jaya.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, some 600 Christians from the Chinese community converged to the oldest church in Seremban, The Church of The Visitation, as early as 8 am today for the religious ritual to mark the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.

A similar scene was observed at the Then Sze Koon Temple in Jalan Bukit Temiang, also in Seremban.

In KELANTAN, although the Chinese community is small, with a population of only more than 53,000 people, CNY is a joyous occasion, especially with the return of the Kelantan-born Chinese to celebrate the occasion with their loved-ones at home.

Kelantan DAP secretary Chua Chin Hui, when contacted by Bernama, said the Chinese community in the state had been making preparations to usher in the Year of the Rat since a few weeks ago.

He said one of the party branches in the Kota Lama state constituency held a donation drive to raise funds, which were then distributed to 150 less affordable families.

In MELAKA, Chief Minister Adly Zahari went to the residence of a few Chinese members of the Jasin Municipal Council and the Melaka Historical City Council in Merlimau dan Taman Kota Laksamana to join in the CNY celebration.

Through his Facebook posting, Adly called on the people in Melaka to optimise the CNY holiday by spending quality time with their family, as well as attend open houses hosted by the Chinese friends.

In PERAK, although there is no official celebration today, the joy was felt at the houses of worship like at the Ling Sen Tong Temple and Sam Poh Tong Temple, both in Ipoh, as the Chinese community gathered there for their prayers.

The state-level Chinese New Year celebration will be held on Feb 6 at Bandar Seri Botani Eco Park 1, which is scheduled to be attended by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah and the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.

In PERLIS, about 2,000 people gathered at the more than 120-year-old Poh Aun Keong Temple in Bandar Kangar to perform prayers in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

In SARAWAK, more than 2,000 people of various races and religions attended the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) CNY open house at Dewan Sa’ati, Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui, here.

Among the guests were the Yang Di-pertua Negeri of Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife, Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib, and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife, Datin Patinggi Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang.

They were received on arrival by Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian , who is also SUPP president.

Meanwhile, Abang Openg also attended a CNY open house hosted by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen, who is also Sarawak Pakatan Harapan(PH) chairman, at Christian Centre in Batu 2 today, from 11 am to 4 pm.

In JOHOR, Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal called on the people to hold strongly to the concept of ‘Muafakat Itu Berkat’ in their daily lives to avoid negative feelings  that could undermine harmony and unity that existed among them.

“It is the responsibility of us all to together cultivate feelings of love amongst the races  through the spirit of unity and togetherness that will be inherited by future generations.

“As a wise Bangsa Johor,  cooperation, respect for others and tolerance should be cultivated if the state is to continue to prosper,” he said in a speech, which was read out by Johor Tourism, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung at a CNY gathering organised by the Johor Bahru Tiong Hua Federation in Johor Bahru, today.

In PENANG,  thousands of people were at a CNY gathering hosted by the Penang Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng at the SPICE Setia Convention Centre, where various activities were held to make the celebration merrier.

Lim , when met by reporters, hoped the Year of the Rat would bring the people closer and they would remain united and live in peace and harmony.

The event was also attended by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister and Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Iskandar Puteri Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang.

In  SEMPORNA, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal attended CNY open houses hosted by Chinese leaders and resort operators in the Semporna district.

He took the opportunity to mix and get closer to the local community trhere to better understand their problem.

For Mohd Shafie, the open house is the best medium to unite the people of Sabah,who are from various races and religions.