Sunday 2/2/2003

Malaysian Chinese celebrate lunar new year

Xinhua News

Malaysian Chinese Saturday ushered in the Year of the Ram with nationwide celebrations which included hosting open house and visits to temples.
In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his wife and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited the open house hosted by the Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA), the biggest Chinese political party in the country.
They were received on arrival by MCA President Ling Liong Sik and other MCA leaders.
Also joining the 5,000 odd people at the open house were members of the foreign diplomatic corps.
Tourists visiting the country also visited the MCA open house and took the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister.
Mahathir spent about an hour at the MCA open house during which he watched Chinese cultural dances.
The Prime Minister and other dignitaries also attended the Gerakan party's open house in Kuala Lumpur. Gerakan is multi-racial political party dominated by the Malaysian Chinese.
In other parts of the country, the Chinese community celebrated the new year by holding various activities.