RM50,000 govt allocation for Gaya Street Lantern Fest
Published on: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced a RM50,000 allocation for the Gaya Street Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival celebration on Sept 29. Shafie will also be gracing the event from 6pm as guest of honour.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew and Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide, are invited as special guests.

The Gaya Street Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival celebration is jointly organised by the United Sabah Chinese Communities Associations of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) led by Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen, City Hall, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt and Luyang Assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe.

In a courtesy call by the organising committee on Tuesday, Shafie said the festival is a meaningful activity as it provides an opportunity for the Government to celebrate the event with people from all walks of life.

"The Mid-Autumn Festival at Gaya Street is not only celebrated by the Chinese community but also people from other races and ethnic groups, which in turn promotes harmony and unity in our diverse society.

"The event also enables foreign tourists to experience and enjoy the festivities in Sabah, especially those from China."

On another note, Shafie acknowledged support from the Chinese community in the 14th General Election, which was reflected in the unprecedented appointment of four full Chinese Ministers in the State Cabinet.

He also urged the Chinese community to continue supporting the Government's policies, as well as create more business opportunities and reject corrupt practices.

Also present were USCCAKK Vice President Datuk Michael Lui and Datuk Wong Hai Ming and co-organiser, Datuk Seri Winston Liew, President of the Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Satta).

The public are welcome to bring their families along to join the celebration this Saturday.


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