IPOH, Jan 27 (Bernama) — Sitiawan is a coastal town in Perak and its name is said to have been derived from the Malay word ‘setiakawan’ that literally means solidarity.
As solidarity is the underlying theme for harmonious co-existence of the Malaysian plural society and the nation’s progress, Sitiawan has been given the honour to host the national Chinese New Year Open House celebration on Saturday (28 Jan, 2012).
Located near Beruas and Bota, Sitiawan with its demography made up of Malays, Indians and Chinese is seen as the perfect avenue to host the event.
About 50,000 people from all walks of life are expected to congregate at the event held at the Sitiawan airfield.
The biggest sub-district under the Manjung District is also set to welcome Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other national leaders who will make the event a memorable one.
A RECOGNITION FOR THE PEOPLE
The 2012 CNY national level celebration in Sitiawan has created excitement among the locals, especially among the Chinese community here who feel it is a recognition for the community.
Pulau Pangkor Fisheries Employees Union Chairman, Beh Chew Ning, 63, said he was exhilarated after getting to know that Sitiawan has been chosen as the venue for the event.
“I’m really excited over the event and proud of the fact that the prime minister will take time off from his busy routine to attend the event.
“It is the first time in history that the prime minister will be attending an event at the Manjung district,” he said adding that he is eager to meet the nation’s number one leader.
HELPS TO PROMOTE THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Meanwhile, a retailer, Ang Hun Huat, 51, hoped that Najib would help stimulate development in the district and open up opportunities for the locals.
“The CNY celebration will also help bring in visitors here,” said Ang who is thankful for the fact Sitiawan has been given the honour to host the event.
He also hoped that more events would be held in the district in the future as they could help to foster unity among the various races in the country.
“I hope that the country will continue to prosper, remain peaceful and the plural society will thrive in a harmonious atmosphere under the 1Malaysia spirit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wong Kee Hock, 45, the Assistant Manager for Leoco Industries Sdn Bhd, in Lumut, hoped that even people from outside Sitiawan would join in to make the celebration merrier.
The event also provides the best opportunity for the people to meet the prime minister.
“Let’s joint hands to welcome the prime minister, 1Malaysia is the best agenda for the people,” he said.
THE 1MALAYSIA ASPIRATION
The event from 5 pm to 10.45 pm has lined up a number of interesting itineraries for the visitors including shows by local and international artistes.
The Information Communication and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim noted that the itineraries during the event would reflect the 1Malaysia aspirations and the unity among the different races in the country.
“The CNY open house organised by the ministry is set to be the best and a crowd between 40,000 and 50,000 people are expected,” said Rais recently.
The prime minister is to appear at 8.45 p.m. and will be welcomed with the Chingay 1Malaysia performance and the drums of the various communities.
Source : Bernama