Kuching South lights up for upcoming Chinese New Year celebration

Dr Sim (third right), Wee (third left), and others switching on the CNY lights at Padungan Road today.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Jan 24: Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Minister for Public Health, Housing, and Local Government Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng today switched on Chinese New Year (CNY) lights at Padungan Road and markets under the council’s jurisdiction.

The three markets were Stutong Community Market, Petanak Central Market, and Kenyalang Park Market.

Dr Sim said this activity had become MBKS’ new tradition for every festival celebrated in the State.

“This will create a festive atmosphere and ambience for Kuchingites even though the State is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“More importantly, during this festive period where a lot of people will be coming back from outside the State, I urge them to be extra cautious and not bring the Omicron variant back to Sarawak,” he told the press after the event today.

Meanwhile, Wee said the newest addition for the CNY decoration around Kuching South this year is the lanterns along Padungan Road.

“The lanterns are bigger and will help brighten up the Padungan Road because it is a bit dark here.

“We are trying to create a festive ambience so that the people can at least feel the festive season even though we cannot have a big-scale celebration,” he said.

Wee also hoped that if the Covid-19 situation has subsided by next year, MBKS will do more decorations and create more bazaars around Kuching South. — DayakDaily