CNY 2016 shows harmonious, happy living under MIB

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE first day of the Chinese New Year was celebrated in communal harmony and cultural amity yesterday.

Legislative Council member, Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin in an interview with The Brunei Times said that most of the Chinese community have been living here for three or four generations.

“The Chinese community is honoured by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s care under the Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) philosophy,” said the LegCo member.

“Everybody lives happily, harmoniously and in unity (between the Malay and Chinese community) under the MIB concept. For example, during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration, we will be visiting houses and celebrating together. This clearly shows the harmonious relationships that we have,” he said.

The lion dance, said the LegCo member, is performed to bring in good luck and chase away bad luck.

YB Pehin Dato Goh following the royal visitors earlier in the day also welcomed ministers and ambassadors to his home in Kg Sg Besar.

Among those who came to pay him a visit was the Minister of Home Affairs, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong; Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud.

The LegCo Speaker Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohamed Taib also came to visit.

Korean ambassador to Brunei, Cho Won-myung Cho during his visit to YB Pehin Dato Goh’s residence said the Chinese New Year celebration is very harmonious with the local culture.

“I am very happy to celebrate this tradition here. The open houses tradition is similar to Hari Raya Aidil Fitri open houses (for the Muslims) and this makes it very meaningful,” he said.

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Cambodian ambassador Chhay Sokhan said,“Chinese New Year is a good tradition as we have more time to meet each other (and) make friends.”

The Brunei Times