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Firework display culminates event, ushers New Year

14th February, 2018

By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: A spectacular fireworks display heralded the Chinese New Year celebrations on Monday night to the delight of thousands of people gathered at Padang Merdeka to welcome a New Year of good fortune and prosperity.

“It gives me utmost happiness to extend my warmest wishes to everyone joining in the Chinese New Year celebrations which is also a special time to bring us closer together as a diverse and united multicultural society,” said Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang.

In his opening address at the closing ceremony of the City Hall Chinese New Year Carnival, he noted the joyous festive atmosphere which showcases Sabah’s multicultural community, depicting the unity and harmony enjoyed by the people over generations.

“The State Barisan Nasional (BN) government under the leadership of Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman is one that cares for all and it has, over the years, continued its support to the Chinese community who have contributed immensely to the development of the state,” said Teo.

The occasion also witnessed the handover of an ‘angpow’ mock-cheque amounting 50,000 renminbi to the President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) Datuk T.C Goh, presented by Liang Caide, the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu. Among the delegates who attended the function include Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

“It is hoped that such festivals and celebrations continue being a leading example for the rest of the country on the level of harmony and unity shared between people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in Sabah,” he added.

The night scene at Padang Merdeka was abuzz with crowds of people from all walks of life, young and old browsing stalls selling a wide array of biscuits and cakes while being treated to traditional Chinese song and dance performances.

The closing of the carnival marks the beginning of joyous Chinese New Year celebrations which falls on this Friday. Teo, earlier in his speech said the Chinese New Year celebrations was also an opportunity to enhance support in helping those in need and uplifting the welfare of the underprivileged members of society, especially the elderly.

“The spirit of solidarity and the bonds we share as a community needs to be further heightened by organizing more outreach initiatives and charitable programmes to help those in need of help,” he added.

He also commended the efforts of the Sabah Federation of Chinese Associations (FCAS) for their dedicated efforts in championing the welfare of the elderly and disadvantaged members of the community.

   
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