Taib (seated third left), flanked by Ling (left) and Raghad, poses for a photo with his entourage and Ling’s family members.
MIRI: The Chinese New Year celebration which entered its third day yesterday continues to showcase the people’s appreciation of the rich cultural diversity of the various races in Malaysia.
Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib were among those in Miri City who joined in the celebration to extend the season’s greeting of Gong Xi Fa Cai.
Yesterday was the second day their excellencies joined the locals for the celebration of the Year of the Fire Monkey.
They visited homes of three local prominent Chinese corporate figures and the mayor of Miri City, Lawrence Lai Yew
The three entrepreneurs they called on were Interhill Group managing directors Datuk Hii Chang Pee, Tan Sri Datuk Jimmy Lau Hieng Wui (managing director of Jim Logs Holding Sendirian Berhad) and Datuk Lau Siu Wai (chairman of Miri Housing Group of Companies)
On Tuesday night, Taib and his wife were guests of honour at the Chinese New Year dinner hosted by the founder and group executive chairman of Shin Yang Group of Companies, Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho.
In keeping with the Chinese tradition, the hosts greeted their excellencies and entourage with dragon and lion dance performances, a prancing monkey icon, and also a brass band, apart from serving them traditional fruits and dishes.
Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan was the minister in attendance.
Among those in the entourage were Awang Tengah’s wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud, Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Community Development Rosey Yunus and Miri Resident Anthonio Kathi Galis.