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First-ever Christmas Carnival

By Tan Mei Kuan

The first-ever Christmas Carnival in town initiated by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) was brimming with people from all walks of life as it took place on the morning of Sunday, December 8.

Games and freebies galore, it was held at the Ipoh Octagon Cultural Street along Jalan Theatre to celebrate the festive season and the upcoming new year in addition to promoting goodwill and harmony.

Besides the Santa walkabout and choir, a classic car Christmas decoration contest and costume contest were also held.

Present were Nga Kor Ming, Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat as the guest of honour and Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, President of PCCCI.

“Next year, 2020 is Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) and I am very proud of this initiative by the private sector in collaboration with the state government so that similar activities like these could be held to promote Ipoh as a premier tourism destination. I would like to stress that unity in diversity is the founding principal of our nation-building as we celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and Christmas,” Nga explained during a press conference.

To add to the joy, the state government and Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor, Wong Kah Woh collectively contributed RM100,000 for the upcoming Chinese New Year Carnival to be held by PCCCI to promote tourism and unity.

“The private sector will come together to contribute as well for the event as the total expenditure is estimated to be RM150,000,” Dato’ Liew highlighted.

“It’s a private and public cooperation and that is the smart partnership we form. We will join hand in hand for the betterment of the community,” Nga concluded.

For more updates, call PCCCI at 05 242 1366 or visit its website: www.pccci.org.my

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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