Chinese New Year Round-up

KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital Celebrates Chinese New Year

Breakfast with MB

Aimed at celebrating Chinese New Year with Chinese reporters, photographers and media practitioners in Perak, Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir hosted a breakfast on Tuesday, February 7 at his official residence.

The MB personally greeted everyone on arrival. Over 70 attended the breakfast which was prepared by Pakeeza Restaurant, Ipoh.

“I wish to thank you for your contributions to the state. We move together to develop Perak despite the ups and downs which are expected. I appreciate your jobs. I always mention, I don’t discriminate any press from covering my events in Perak. I allow you all the freedom. At the end of the day, we’re all working for the benefit of the people and the state,” said Zambry.

Coincidentally, the day right before the gathering marked his eighth year in office. He ended his speech with the Chinese New Year greeting of wan shi ru yi (“may everything flow smoothly”).

The morning concluded with a hearty meal followed by a photography session.

Mei Kuan

Vale Celebrates with Media

Vale Malaysia held a special Chinese New Year celebration with members of the press at WEIL Hotel, Ipoh on Wednesday, February 8.

The joyous event, attended by Ipoh-based reporters and photographers, began with tossing the lou sang, a symbolic gesture to wish for good luck and good fortune in the ensuing year.

At lunchtime Vale Malaysia’s Executive Manager, Luiz Fernando Landeiro, took the opportunity to thank media representatives for the assistance they had given to Vale in the past.

“We wish to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to the media who have been supportive of our activities and events. We hope you’ll continue to support us in the future,” said Luiz.

Executive and staff members of Vale were present to enjoy the 8-course lunch prepared by the hotel for the benefit of the media personnel.

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Dazzles and Delights

Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) ushered in the year of the golden rooster with a lively gala lunch on Sunday, January 29 at the WEIL Hotel grand ballroom. The celebration kicked off with a lion dance performance in the lobby before culminating in a cai qing (picking the green) in the ballroom accompanied by dramatic crescendo from the cymbals, gong and drums. It was followed by a mass tossing of the multi-hued yee sang (raw fish salad) by over 600 guests.

PCCCI is marking their 110th anniversary this year which also coincides with the Visit Perak Year 2017. Hence, there are plans in the pipeline for events aiming to promote Perak as a brand to visitors.

“We’d like to express our gratitude to Invest Perak under the leadership of Dato’ Zahir and the state government for approving the fund of RM3.2 million in organising the Ipoh International Food and Beverage Fairs. I would also like to thank the state tourism board, under the leadership of Dato’ Nolee, in granting a sum of RM500,000 to jointly organise the first ever Ipoh Cultural Parade,” said Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, the PCCCI President in his speech.

He also highlighted a few proposals to the state government such as, exploring the zoning of Ipoh old town as a world heritage site, making concerted efforts to fight corruption, allowing employees the option of not contributing to EPF for the next 12 months in view of the depreciating ringgit, implementing policies that facilitate private sector growth, ensuring favourable conditions are given priority to Malaysian businesses and urging SMEs to put in serious efforts to embrace the new industry journey towards Industry 4.0 and moving forward with industrial IOT (Internet of Things).

Guest of honour, Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir came dressed in auspicious red-and-gold batik attire. “This is actually my eighth year attending this special function, thank you for inviting me once again. I wish to extend my appreciation to PCCCI for working closely with the state for a number of years, making Perak one of the most successful states in Malaysia today. Dato’ Liew, I’ll listen to your points just now, you bring the concern of everyone. For example, you mention about creating a world heritage site in Ipoh, the reality of corruption and the rising cost of goods and services. We need to address these issues together,” Zambry stated.

Present were Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry; Mayor Dato’ Zamri bin Man; Executive Councillor for Health, Public Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon; Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) Perak Branch Chairman, Dato’ Lim Si Boon; CEO of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lee Oi Hian and members of parliament. Residents of welfare homes were invited and the young ones were given angpows.

Mei Kuan

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