| Achong Tanjong |
THE Chinese community in the country yesterday celebrated the first day of the Chinese New Year (CNY) 2015 by hosting open houses to their friends, guests and clients.
During the open houses, invited guests were treated to variety of food and beverages prepared by invited local catering services. Guests were also given mandarin oranges as it is a symbol of happiness and prosperity.
Among those hosting the open house yesterday were Managing Director of Aifa Sdn Bhd, Dr Andy Lau Sie Chuong and family at their residence at Lucky Garden, Jalan Muara. Present at the function was Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Development, and officers from the government and private sectors as well as members of the local media.
Also hosting an open house yesterday was Chairman of First Emporium Group, Lim Koh Phay, at his residence at Jalan Aman. Present at the event were Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam, Albert Huang, and wife. Present to greet them were Managing Directors, Lim Kian Seng, Lim Kian Liong and Yong Chee Seng.
Local businessman, Mr Pang, also hosted an open house at his residence in Kg Salambigar, Muara, which was attended by Senior Assistant Chief of Adat Istiadat Negara YAM Pengiran Seri Wijaya Pengiran Haji Ahmad bin Pengiran Mohd Yusof.
Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Hazizah Osman, and family visited the residence of Managing Director of D’Sunlit, Jackson Ting, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of Chung Hwa Middle School BSB, located in Kg Sungai Besar in Kota Batu.
Also hosting an open house was Chang Ein Hong also known as “Rolex King”, at his residence in Kg Salambigar, Jalan Muara. Attending the open house in the afternoon included CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and staff members.
Many guests visited the open houses, where a wide range of food specially prepared by catering was offered. The popular food included “Satey”, and locally-made cake and biscuits. Invited guests including kids were given red packets as well as mandarin oranges.
The open house serves as an opportunity to catch up with each other and exchange New Year greetings. The concept has been practised in the country for many years. The Chinese, the Malay and other communities in Brunei visit each other’s celebrations such as the Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.