Mayor speech on Chinese New Year

Friday, February 18, 2011

I would like to thank the Almighty God for all the grace and blessing he has showered on all of us and we pray that Almighty God will continue to bless us in everything that we do.

May I, on behalf of the various constituency functional groups, all residents of Kuching and on myself, extend to Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak and Yang Amat Berbahagia Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi Taib, our warmest welcome. We are greatly honoured by YAB Pehin Sri presence to grace this occasion. We are grateful too for YAB Pehin Sri interest in our work and the concern YAB Pehin Sri has always shown for the people of Kuching.

This Ramah Tamah Tahun Baru Cina gathering organized by the Council of the City of Kuching South and Cats FM together with various non-governmental organizations, community associations and companies on the 11th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year is a useful opportunity for its members and well-wishers to get together and exchange greetings, renew bonds and make new friends. In spite of today’s high speed and high technology world, personal contacts are still important. You can send hundreds e-mails or make hundred telephone calls but they cannot replace a personal handshake, seeing eye to eye, and sensing the warmth of welcome. This is one of our fine tradition that need to be cherished.

YAB, Tan Sri-Tan Sri, Datuk-Datuk, Datin-Datin, Ladies and Gentlemen

I would like to mention here that this morning community function is self-funded with voluntary sponsors who love this idea of togetherness celebration and eager participants who love to share their prosperity with the people of Kuching. Even though it is Ramah Tamah Tahun Baru Cina, we have, today participants not only from Chinese companies and non-governmental organizations, but also enthusiastic participants from non-chinese companies. It is truly One Malaysia in Practice as expoused by our beloved Prime Minister. ‘SYABAS’ to all of you who participate and giving its true meaning of ‘SATU MALAYSIA’.

This Open House is unique in that companies, non-governmental organizations together with MBKS come together and hold this open house for the people of Kuching. Through this unique open house, we hope to strengthen the neighbourhood spirit, tolerance amongst our multi-racial and cultural society as well as foster and strengthen the bonds amongst family members and friends.

The theme of this Ramah Tamah Tahun Baru Cina is “PROSPERITY”. In this respect, everyone should play his or her part, to achieve this objective. After all, it is the people that make the Kuching City alive. We are privileged to be able to live harmoniously within a multi-cultural / multi-religious, free of ethnic clashes society as experienced in other countries. As the Mayor of Kuching City South, I am proud and thankful to the able leadership of our beloved YAB Chief Minister for the peace and prosperity which we have all enjoyed so far. We all must cherish our peaceful way of life by remaining a truly caring society and by extending sincerity, friendship and warm hospitality to each other, including visitors.

As Kuchingnites, we should also proud of Kuching City achievements of today – ‘A safe, clean, beautiful, healthy, vibrant and liveable City’ and continue in our effort to maintain this exemplary level. We would like to extend our heartiest appreciation to YAB Chief Minister for his invaluable foresight and wisdom. Owing to his constant inspiration, Kuching has blossomed into a vital metropolitan city we see today. Due to his visionary guidance, Kuching city under the administration of MBKS and DBKU are able to attain international recognition of having many good attributes of a garden city-well planned, peaceful and safe with lots of open spaces, beautiful landscaping, and a clean and pleasant environment for healthy living.

Today’s event is organized by the MBKS and Cats FM under the able organizing chairlady, YBhg Datin Hanifah binti Taib and assisted by my capable MBKS team. As the Mayor of Kuching South, my honorable gratitude goes out to the working members, who spent hours of hard work pouring out their heart and soul to make this event a success. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on the excellent outcome on the efforts. And most important, I would also like to record my appreciation and thanks to all the non-governmental organizations, community associations and companies for their contributions either in kinds or through the participation in the stalls organized in conjunction with the MBKS Ramah Tamah Tahun Baru Cina. Without their participation, today’s Ramah Tamah Tahun Baru Cina will not materialize. Once again, my sincere thanks to them.

YAB, Datuk-Datuk, Datin-Datin, Ladies and Gentlemen

2011 is the year of the Rabbit. The year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family, artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. These are values that represent all the multi-racial communities in Kuching that were clearly demonstrated by our forefathers. I am sure that we have inherited these values and want to use them to help us overcome the challenges and uncertainties of our time. So let us gallop into the year with confidence.

Before I conclude, on behalf of my Council of the City of Kuching South, I would like to once again, thank our beloved YAB Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud and Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi Taib for kindly gracing this community people function and YBhg Datin Hanifah binti Taib and all my staff for helping to organize this function.

On this note, may I wish all Chinese who are present here, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR. (in Hockien ‘SIN CHIA JOO EE’) (in Mandarin ‘SIN NIAN KWAI LER’)