Token of appreciation brings New Year joy for MCA members
SOME 200 MCA veteran members were all smiles when they received a one-off payment of RM100 during a Chinese New Year open house hosted by the Bukit Bendera MCA division.
Retiree Chan Fong Liang, 81, who described the payment as an ang pow, said it brightened up his Chinese New Year celebration.
“I know now that the party has never forgotten us,” enthused Chan who has been an MCA member for more than 30 years.
Chan’s wife, Lim Yeok Yin, 76, who also received a cheque, lauded the party’s efforts in taking care of members who have reached their golden years.
Bukit Bendera MCA division chief Tang Heap Seng said the one-off payment was to show appreciation for MCA veteran members aged 60 and above.
“We hope this can bring more festive joy to the members,” said Tang at the division office in Jalan Sempadan, Air Itam, on Sunday.
Among those present at the open house were Tanjung MCA division chief Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun, Tanjung MCA division election committee chairman Datuk Lim Gim Soon, Bukit Gelugor Barisan Nasional coordinator Datuk Koay Kar Huah, Komtar Barisan coordinator Loh Chye Teik and Bukit Bendera Wanita MCA chief Chan Lay See.
The MCA leaders later participated in the tossing of yee sang for good luck in the year ahead.
Tang said the practice of tossing yee sang was in conjunction with the seventh day of Chinese New Year, which is also known as renri (literally ‘mankind’s birthday’) in Mandarin or yan yat in Cantonese.
A lion dance performance and karaoke singing sessions were held to entertain the guests.
They also enjoyed a buffet spread with a wide variety of dishes.