ONE of Penang’s most exciting events, the Penang Chinese New Year celebration (Miao Hui) will be held from Jan 1 to Feb 15 next year. However, the annual celebration will be carried out virtually in view of the Covid-19 situation.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said some small-scale physical activities might be held should the situation improves next year.
“The theme for the 23rd Miao Hui celebration is ‘Check-In’. The annual event was initiated back in 1999.
“The people have been taking part in the celebration virtually since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Chow told a press conference in Komtar today.
The Penang Miao Hui 2022 is organised by Penang Chinese Clan Council and supported by the state government.
He said that the state government has been focussing on developing various arts and culture.
“We hope that more young people will step forward to assist in the preparation of the event.
“It is not an easy task to organise such an event as it covers a wide range of responsibilities.
“The cost of organising the celebration is about RM400,000.
“We hope that more non-governmental organisations and businesses can do their part in supporting the event. Those who are interested to fund the event can contact Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng at 016-4459808,” he said.
Chow also thanked the sponsors who had provided their assistance.
Penang Chinese Clan Council chairman Datuk Ang Cho Teing said a group of volunteers had been preparing for the event since March this year.
“The theme emphasises the importance of ‘feeling at the home’.
“A special thanks to Chow, Teh and the sponsors who have continuously supported the event,” he said.
Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Darwina Mohd Daud
Video by Chan Kok Kuan