Monday, February 7, 2011
Pehin Sri and wife centre of attraction at CNY visits
SIBU: Chinese New Year celebration here turned full throttle and colourful yesterday with Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi Taib becoming the centre of attraction when they went visiting with several state ministers to the residences of local politicians and prominent businessmen.
The group comprising Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister of Land Development Dato Sri Dr James Masing and Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datin Fatimah Abdullah started their visit at the house of Second Finance Minister and Minister of Environment and Public Health Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
Wong’s residence was swamped by reporters and well wishers eager to catch a glimpse of Taib and Ragad Waleed when they arrived at around 11am.
From there, they left for the residence of Assistant Minister of Housing and Urban Development Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck.
By noon, it started to drizzle but it was inconsequential as it failed to dampen the celebration mood as the group visited Lanang MP Datuk Tiong Thai King’s residence next.
It was a joyous moment indeed as the group was greeted with a lion dance.
Without taking any break, they reached Pelawan assemblyman Vincent Goh’s residence around 12.30pm before stopping for a lunch at KTS group managing director Dato Henry Lau’s house.
By 2.30pm, they left for the residence of United Chinese Association (UCA) president Datuk Lau Nai Hoh.
The group made their last stopover at Datuk Toh Chew Hock’s residence.