Leisure activities with the family color the New Year 2023 threshold celebration

Leisure activities with the family color the New Year 2023 threshold celebration

KUALA LUMPUR: The arrival of the new year 2023 will be celebrated modestly throughout the country after the government decided that no official celebrations would be held following the floods that hit the East Coast before and the hardships the people are currently facing.

A Bernama survey found that Dataran Merdeka, which was previously the focus of many people to celebrate the new year, was quiet after it was closed and controlled by the authorities following the cancellation of the celebration as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recently.

However, some other locations in the capital such as the grounds of Suria KLCC and Tasik Titiwangsa are still visited by people who take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, in conjunction with the long weekend.

For a private employee Khairul Khuzaimie Mohd Shahrin, 33, the government’s decision to cancel the 2023 New Year’s Eve celebration is the right move given that the country has faced several major tragedies before, including the landslide tragedy in Batang Kali, Selangor.

“It’s a bit less sweet if we celebrate in a big way. For me, celebrating with family is better. After all, the children’s school session is about to start,” he said when met by Bernama at Suria KLCC grounds last night.

Meanwhile in KELANTAN, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob along with more than 1,000 people attended the ‘Night for Kelantan’ program at Dataran Warisan, Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium which started at 7pm last night.

The program started with congregational Maghrib prayer, circumcision prayer, zikr munajat and discussion entitled ‘Kelantan Sejahtera’ with Bachok Member of Parliament Mohd Syahir Che Sulaiman and Pasir Mas Member of Parliament Ahmad Fadhli Shaari as well as local celebrity Sabri Yunus.

In TERENGGANU, the new year’s eve celebration was filled with Islamic programs and spiritual sessions involving the presence of hundreds of people of various ages.

The celebration held at Jamek Pengadang Baru Mosque near here, started with the Maghrib prayer, followed by the Isyak prayer and congregational prayers attended by about 700 worshipers to pray to be kept away from any calamity and disaster.

At the event, a collection of donations for approximately 10,000 families of flood victims who lost their property due to the recent disaster, was also launched.

In KEDAH, people spent time with family and friends watching the collection of about 150 heavy vehicles including lorries and scrapers displayed at the Pendang Mini Stadium Square organized by the Pendang Land Pilot Association, as no official celebration was held.

In PENANG, the Abdullah Fahim Mosque in Seberang Perai Utara organized the 2023 New Year’s Eve Carnival filled with various religious, sports and social activities from 7.30 this morning until midnight last night.

Among the activities carried out are spiritual programs with guest speakers, blood donation, free dental examination, Fun Ride and Fun Walk.

In PERAK, especially in Ipoh, people are more focused on the Starvendors Foodstival #travelperaklah 2022 program at the Indera Mulia Stadium grounds since this evening and the launch of the Year of Visiting Ipoh which was completed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, last night.

The program was held in strategic collaboration between the Ipoh City Council (MBI), Tourism Perak, the Perak State Entrepreneurs Secretariat (STEP) together with Star Vendors Event Sdn Bhd as a symbol of the state government’s commitment to further develop Ipoh City at once, becoming the preferred location for visitors.

Meanwhile in SELANGOR, the new year’s eve celebration was replaced by a spiritual program as a sign of respect for the victims involved in the flood incident in the East Coast and the landslide incident in Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor.

A Bernama survey found that more than 1,000 pilgrims also attended the Special Maghrib Lecture Ahead of 2023 at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, Shah Alam, here on Saturday, including Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, about 300 people came to enliven the ‘Young New Year’s Relaxation with the Menteri Besar’ program with a variety of spiritual content including talks by Muda Imam Asyraf and circumcision prayers at Dato’ Klana Petra Mohd Yusof Mosque, Seremban which started at 8.30am last night until 7 tomorrow morning.

In JOHOR, celebrations in several areas in the state were held in a simple manner with various religious programs such as marhaban, qasidah, zikr and nasyid singing.

A Bernama survey on the ‘Iskandar Puteri Berselawat’ program organized by the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) at the MBIP hall, Iskandar Puteri found that more than 700 people attended the program last night.

As for the state of SARAWAK, the 2023 threshold celebration held at the Unity Stadium was celebrated in a simple manner with various fillings themed ‘Let’s Celebrate Together’. Also present was Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and the state Cabinet.

The Sarawak government previously made a decision to reduce the scale of the 2023 threshold celebration by changing the location of the celebration from the Sarawak River Bank to the Perpaduan Stadium after taking into account the country’s situation facing a flood disaster.

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