Mooncake festival celebration at KMC Flat to go on, despite threats

Wong (second right) together with Yii (second left) and Lee (yellow shirt) holding up the promotional materials of the upcoming mooncake festival.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Sept 27: Certain individuals have threatened to vandalise and ruin the upcoming mooncake festival celebration, organised by Nan Yen Folk Orchestra, on this Sunday (Sept 29) at the KMC Flats in Jalan Ban Hock here.

Co-organised by Democratic Action Party (DAP) Padungan and Bandar Kuching branches, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei disclosed in a press conference today that workers alleged to have been approached and harassed by some individuals when setting up the event venue, telling them to stop all works.

“Our workers were told to inform us not to hold the event because it is politically-linked and if we go ahead, they threatened to mess up the event,” he claimed.

“I believed there is a political motive (behind) but I do not want to make any speculations on who might be behind the threats. We have informed the police about this matter and I will leave it to them to investigate,” he alleged.

The police have patrolled the site yesterday (Sept 26) evening, he added.

Wong pointed out that the organisers have obtained all the required permits from the police as well as Kuching South City Council (MBKS) to hold the event.

“We are not here to create trouble or chaos. We organise this event to celebrate one of the most important occasions observed by the Chinese community, the mooncake festival,” he said.

He emphasised that it must not be made as an issue whether an event was affiliated to any political party or not.

“Sarawak is a multiracial state where every race and religion come together to celebrate festivals. Most importantly, we celebrate our festivals happily, peacefully and harmoniously,” he added.

Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii, organising chairman Lee Ching Pau from Nan Yen Folk Orchestra and other committee members were present.

Meanwhile, the mooncake festival celebration will be taking place at the basketball court of the KMC flat from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Members of the public from all races and religions are welcome to join the celebration.— DayakDaily