KOTA KINABALU: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) and the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) will be jointly hosting this year’s Chinese New Year Carnival at Dataran Deasoka, Gaya Street here, next month.
Announcing this, its President Tan Sri T.C Goh said it will be launched on 3 February (Saturday), and the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor will be the guest-of-honour to officiate it.
Goh who is also President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) said this was agreed upon during the meeting held recently between FCAS leadership and Mayor of Kota Kinabalu City, Datuk Seri Dr Haji Sabin Samitah.
Goh said, the FCAS-led organising committee has lined up a host of exciting programs and activities, including lion and dragon dance performances, entertainment shows, fireworks display, and Spring Festival decorations, to keep the invited guests and the public entertained, during the official launch of the street carnival.
As for the “Lido Chinese New Year Market”, it will take place from February 4th to 8th at Lido Square in Kota Kinabalu.
“The market will host 100 stalls selling a wide range of Chinese New Year goods, handicrafts, decorative items, and special Chinese delicacies. Besides this, there will also be captivating cultural performances featuring talented local singers, dancers, and lion and dragon dance troupes,” he elaborated.
Also in attendance during the meeting were FCAS Deputy President Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen, its Religious and Customs Affairs Bureau Chief, Ng Young Wah, Vice President cum Youth Chief, Chang Jeng Yung, Secretary-general Datuk Yong Soo Pin, and Treasurer-general Chen Ee Sheng, among others.
Goh who is also the President of the Federation of Sabah and Labuan Hokkien Associations (FSLHA) reiterated his confidence on Dr Sabin’s leadership towards bringing Kota Kinabalu City to greater heights, citing his vast experience and outstanding contributions in public sector, all these years
Meanwhile, on behalf of DBKK, Dr Sabin expressed gratitude to Goh and FCAS for their years of active cooperation and robust support in bridging the government and the people, as well as their collaboration in organizing large-scale Chinese New Year events for public enjoyment.
He especially acknowledged FCAS’s positive role in building a united and harmonious society, all these while.
Touching on the joint Chinese New Year Carnival programs, the mayor said the City Hall would assign the “DBKK Choir” to participate and present Chinese New Year songs.
During the meeting, both FCAS and DBKK leadership thoroughly discussed the arrangement, layout, and planning of the activities. They also promised to maintain close communication after the meeting, to ensure the smooth progress of the events.