Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health celebrated its annual Chinese New Year party at its centre recently. The facility, a halfway home for women with psychosocial disabilities, is located about 2km from Ipoh’s theme park, the Lost World of Tambun.
The evening’s programme began with a keynote address by the society’s president, Dato’ Dr M. Majumder. This was followed by solo singing by residents of the home; their efforts were admirable. They were accompanied by Mr and Mrs Chin who played on the Yamaha keyboard.
A classical Chinese dance called ‘The Year of Happiness’ was performed by the residents along with AFS volunteer Ms Lin from Belgium. The dance featured a blend of fans and umbrellas performed in true Chinese tradition.
Among the VIPs present were Dato’ Seri Azlanii Selvamany, Hj Ayob Hj Zainal the representative of the Adun for Ulu Kinta and Halida Mohd Ali, President of Perak Women for Women Society.
There was a surprise birthday cake for Dato’ Dr M. Majumder to celebrate her birthday which fell on March 8.
The finale was the tossing of Yee Sang to welcome the New Year. The mixed-pickled delicacy was tossed high to animated shouts of “Lou Hey” meaning moving upwards with joy and laughter.
Vice president, S. Sundraligam, in his closing address, thanked all guests, donors and well-wishers who had contributed to the success of the party.