Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Au Young the God of Prosperity with Ipoh-born superstar, Dato' Seri Michelle Yeoh

The Year of the Snake Chinese New Year Open House hosted by Perak Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) and his spouse was a standard affair. It was supposed to be just a small do, because the state-level CNY Open House will only be held on 16th Feb, at SMK Sultan Idris Shah field, Gopeng. However, guests and well-wishers started arriving two hours before the scheduled hour of 3pm.

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Perak Menteri Besar’s adopted son, Chaw Chun Lian (in pink shirt), takes a family photo with Dato' Seri Michelle Yeoh

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry and Perak State Exco Dato’ Dr. Mah with leaders of the Indian community

Similar to the 2011 Chinese New Year Open House Celebration, Ipoh-born superstar Dato’ Seri Michelle Yeoh also graced this year’s open house with her family members. Michelle’s fans took the opportunity to take photos with her, while the press tried to dig for information on her forthcoming marriage to Dato’ Seri Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

cultural performance

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Perak Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) giving a speech, supported by his “one and only” wife

Besides the usual 1 Malaysia cultural performances, and the obligatory speech by the Menteri Besar, his seven adopted children of Chinese descent received red packets of cash and hampers. Festive cheer was also spread to children 12 years of age and below. Each received a red packet (ang pow) too.

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

cash and hamper for one of his adopted children

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Perak State Assembly Speaker Dato' R. Ganesan (seated third from left) and Perak State Secretary Dato' Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan (seated fourth from left) with their spouses

One unique aspect of open houses in Malaysia is its multi-cultural flavour, attended by people from all walks of lives, irrespective of race or religion; including foreigners.

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

top emcees in Perak, Ceylyn Tay & KT Pillai

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

mandarin oranges for all

A Chinese New Year celebration isn’t festive enough without the appearance of the God of Prosperity. This one had “two”, which means, “Double the happiness, double the prosperity!” Gods of Prosperity (Choy Sun) were provided by Au Young Events.

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Indian youths also attend the open house

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

time for press conference

Check out the captions of my photos to see what transpired during this Chinese New Year open house in Ipoh!

Perak Menteri Besar Open House

Dato’ Dr. Mah (R) attends to a woman’s problems even during a holiday, watched by Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir

Event: Perak Menteri Besar Chinese New Year Open House 2013
Venue: Menteri Besar Perak official residence, Jalan Raja Dihilir, Ipoh, Perak.
Date: 10th Feb, 2013
Time: 2pm – 5pm

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