Tuaran: Twenty-four Chinese organisations in the district were all smiles Friday when they received an early “ang pow” from Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
The Upko supremo set the mood for the Chinese New Year celebrations with a contribution of RM50,000 to the organisations as well as eight lion and three dragon heads to selected dance troupes.
Tangau, who is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the contributions signified his appreciation to the contributions of the Chinese community to the economic development of the district and State in general.
He was also glad to note that the Chinese community here had been very supportive of the government programmes.
Speaking at the gathering with Chinese community and association leaders hosted by him at Gayang Restaurant here, he said:
“We must be thankful for the peace and harmony that we have been enjoying now as it has opened up opportunities for us to continue doing business and make a living in spite of the global economic challenges.”
According to him, the country’s economy was heading towards the right direction as the ringgit continued to strengthen against the US dollar.
Tangau also noted the steady increase of tourists from China coming to Sabah, which he attributed to the good relationship between the top leadership of the two countries.
Meanwhile, he thanked the BN component leaders and Chinese Kapitans for accompanying him during his Chinese New Year walkabout in Tenghilan and Tamparuli on Thursday and Tuaran on Friday.
On hand were Tamparuli Community Development Leader Datuk Jahid Jahim, MCA Tuaran Chief Chua Sheng Kian, LDP Tuaran Chief Datuk Alex Lo, PBRS Tamparuli Chief Henry Luaran and Jamlin Ladin representing Umno Tuaran and Chinese community leaders.