Malaysian PM visits new village to greet Malaysian Chinese

08:38, February 21, 2010      

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Pandamaran New Village in the state of Selangor on Saturday to greet the Malaysian Chinese residents there in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

This is also the first time a new village in Malaysia plays host to the Chinese New Year celebration at the national-level.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L Front) shakes hands with a Malaysian Chinese in Pandamaran New Village in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, Feb. 20, 2010. Najib Razak visited Pandamaran New Village on Saturday to greet the Malaysian Chinese residents in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. Pandamaran New Village, home to some 40,000 residents, is one of the many new villages in the country whose residents are mainly of the Chinese descent. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)


Pandamaran New Village, home to some 40,000 residents, is one of the many new villages in the country whose residents are mainly of the Chinese descent. It is also the second oldest new village in the country.

A new village is a settlement area dedicated by the British government when the country was under British colonization. It aimed at segregating the residents from the militant groups that were anti-British.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) enjoys "Raw Fish Salad" with Malaysian Chinese residents in Pandamaran New Village in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, Feb. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)


Three restaurants in the village selected as the stopping points of the prime minister were seen decorated with red lanterns and sculptures deemed able to woo good fortune.

Besides addressing the crowd gathered there to grab a glimpse of the country's top leader, Najib also chatted with the residents and businessmen, demonstrating his sincerity in mingling with the people at the grassroots.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) pays a new year visit to the Ong Kim Huat's family in Pandamaran New Village in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, Feb. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)


Several other Malaysian cabinet ministers and political leaders were also present to join the well-wishers.

The seventh day of the Chinese New Year is perceived as the birthday of all humankind. Najib's visit that falls exactly on the day is definitely the birthday present that brings big surprise to the residents.

As usual, lion dance, dragon dance and many other Chinese cultural performances were brought on stage to entertain the guests and villagers.

However, performances carried out by performers of different races in the country were also seen, signifying that the people in Malaysia live in harmony despite the very diverse background and culture.

Malaysia is made up of people of many ethnicities with Malay, Chinese and Indian being the three main races. Of the 28 million population in the country, some six million are of the Chinese descent.

Source: Xinhua
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