SAPP happy people still with party
KOTA KINABALU: Despite a drizzle, thousands of people of all ages
thronged the annual Mooncake Festival celebration organised by Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) at the vicinity of Taman Foh Sang shops here
Armed with umbrellas they sat through the entire program which started
at 6.30pm and ended at 9.30pm.
The audience were entertained by a host of interesting stage
performances by local artistes an talents including Sabah Hakka pop
idol Yu Tian Long and Sabah award winning young magician Yvonne Wong
There was also an exhibition of a wide range of colourful lanterns
made by participants of its lantern making contest.
Luyang assemblywoman Melani Chia who is also the main organising
chairperson, was apparently moved by the scene describing it is a
testimony of the people's continuous support to the party, despite the
fact that it had withdrawn from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN)
coalition on September 16, 2011.
"We in SAPP are indeed moved to see such a good turnout tonight
despite the wet weather. We are really glad that the people are still
with us, rain or shine, despite the fact that we are now in the
opposition. This is certainly a great motivation for us to continue
with our struggle for the people," she said.
She further noted that the party had been organising such an event
without fail every year since 1994, as part of its efforts to preserve
and promote the Chinese culture and tradition which is now an
indelible part of Malaysia's unique multy-racial and cultural set-up.
The event was officiated by SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee in the
presence of his wife Datin Stella and a group of Supreme Council
members, including deputy presidents Datuk Eric Majimbun and Datuk
Liew Teck Chan, secretary general Datuk Richard Yong, treasurer
general Datuk Wong Yit Ming, vice president Don Chin and Dullie Marie,
former deputy president Datuk Philip Yong, information chief Chong Fit
Fah, and its advisor, Datuk Paul Wong.
Also in attendance were former state finance minister Datuk Mohd Noor
Mansor, and Sabah PKR leaders, including deputy chairperson Christina
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