GEORGE TOWN, Feb 16 – About 30,000 guests including politicians and state leaders turned up to Penang Chief Minister Chinese New Year open house at SPICE Arena, here, today. The open house was held from 10am until about 12pm with the present of Penang Governor Tun Dr Abdul Rahman Abbas, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew.
Penang Governor Tun Dr Abdul Rahman Abbas was greeted on arrival by Lim and the state leadership, followed by a lion dance performance. Also present were Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon; Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, Professor P. Ramasamy and state excos members.
Abdul Rahman also joined the state leadership in tossing the yee sang, a traditional lunar new year ritual which is believed to usher in good luck for the new year. Jeryl Lee Pei Ling also present in the open house and hold a singing performance in the event and were entertained by a magic performance by Avery Chin.
In additional, guests from the various races and foreign tourists also joined in the festival while watching the cultural performances and songs during the open house. At the end of the event, Lim distributed Ang Pow packets to the children present. The event ended with a busker performance by a Venezuelan group. — PN