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CM: Govt has high regard for CNY Carnival
Published on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman said the State Government has high regard for the culturally diverse and significant Chinese New Year Carnival at Padang Merdeka, here, from Jan 23-26.

"The Carnival also plays an important role in promoting racial harmony among the various races in the State, besides being a unique tourist attraction," he said during a courtesy call by a delegation led by Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) President, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr TC Goh.

Musa, who is also State Finance Minister, agreed to officiate the Carnival that is being organised by FCAS in collaboration with the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) on Jan 23, at 7pm.

Also present during the courtesy call were Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah and Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Musa not only agree to officiate the Carnival but also announced that the State Government will provide some funding in support of the event.

Musa was briefed on the progress of the preparations for the carnival.

The carnival this year will feature more varieties of programmes to keep the people entertained, including cultural performances by local students, lion and dragon dance performances, song and dance and talent competitions, Cheongsam pageant contest, exhibition of traditional Chinese New Year delicacies, among others.

A wide range of Chinese New Year goodies will also be on sale.

Goh said the main aim of the Carnival is to allow Malaysians of all races to experience and enjoy the annual celebration of the Chinese community.

"Also, there will be a lot of tourists coming from China to Sabah during the Chinese New Year period and the Carnival will give them a chance to witness the diversity of the State and how the Chinese New Year is celebrated here and make their stay more memorable and unforgettable," said Goh.

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