The 15 Days of the Lunar New Year


HHH Rabbit Run

The Ipoh HHH (Hash House Harriers) held their Rabbit Run on February 12. The event was fully sponsored by one of their members David Ho at his Gaharu Technologies ‘Great Wall’ plantation at Sg Itek Gopeng. It was a 5km “endurance” trail leading uphill and downhill through the plantation. Nevertheless that didn’t deter over 300 hashers from turning up. Veteran Hasher Foo Wan Thot, 76, did the trail and so did fellow Hasher Ms Pushpa Carson from 100Plus Park City, KL, who came down all the way because “you can’t get hills like this in KL!.”  And in true tradition there was a beer wagon and a hearty meal at the end of the run.

Hainan Association Reunion Dinner

Over 600 members from 4 Hainan Associations in Ipoh held their reunion dinner at Tow Boo Keong Hall. This year’s dinner, organised by the Perak Qiong Hai Association was the first time all 4 association celebrated the New Year together under the same roof. It was a joyous occasion with whole families from grandparents to grandchildren in attendance which according to Association President Ho Koon Khan was to create a sense of togetherness and belonging within the community. Also spotted in the hall was Andy Goh, Executive Director of Old Town White Coffee together with the whole Goh family.

Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh/Ang Pow Run

Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI) held their annual Ang Pow Run on the morning of the 11th day of the Lunar New Year on February 13. Close to 200 runners turned up bright and chirpy for the run despite attending the heavy dinner held the night before. According to KRI President, Chong Him Shoong, the Ang Pow Run was only started five years ago despite the club being over 20 years old.

The Ang Pow Run was a social event which was participated by whole families. Held around the vicinity of Ipoh International School, it covered a distance of 2km whereby runners were handed an ang pow as they crossed the finish line. There was no time limit to finish the race. A refreshing breakfast awaited the runners which included warm red bean dessert. The committee members too raised their chopsticks to ‘loh sang’ during the breakfast.

The club is strictly a sports club and besides organising runs also organises the annual Century Ride, a bicycle road race that attracts contestants from throughout the country.

MCA Open House

It was full house at Yuk Choy School for the MCA Open House on the morning of the 11th day of the Lunar Calendar.

Present for the event was MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Har, Perak MCA Wanita Chairman Senator Heng Seai Kie and MCA Youth Leader and Perak State Senior Exco Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon. The guest of honour was Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Datuk Seri Dr. Chua’s message touched on his awareness of the issues facing the Chinese community from Perak on the question of whether land for, “vegetable farming, ornamental fish or prawn rearing” and that MCA was tackling it. This was confirmed by Zambry who announced that a task force been formed and is headed by Dato’ Dr. Mah to look into the issues mentioned. The event was a very colourful morning of song and dance.

(5th from left) Dato' Thong with Datin Rosalina

The MCA Ipoh Timur CNY Open House gathering was held at the residence of Dato’ Thong Fah Chong. The evening started pleasantly but progressed to a storm of sui (water) which Thong jokingly said signified prosperity and wealth. The gathering was attended by party members, friends and the media.