2 February, PENANG – Continuing its longstanding support of culture and arts in the state, Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O) is once again proud to sponsor the Chinese New Year festivities in Penang.
To help colour the festive occasion this year, the George Town heritage enclave will be brightly decorated with 8,000 red lanterns strung across several streets during the festive season.
A traditional symbol for luck and prosperity, the lanterns will be on display in Cannon Street, Armenian Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, King Street, Church Street, Bishop Street, Light Street, Beach Street and Weld Quay from Feb 6 to March 6.
At the Esplanade, a 4.7-metre high lantern structure will be prominently lit for the public to enjoy.
E&O group corporate strategy director Lyn Chai and E&O group hospitality and lifestyle director Michael Saxon presented a mock cheque for the RM200,000 sponsorship.
“Established in 1885, our heritage E&O Hotel is soon to witness its 133rd Chinese New Year. As always, we would like to thank the people of Penang for their patronage and wish them good health, good luck and prosperity for the year ahead,” they said.
At the mock cheque presentation at the E&O Hotel today, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in his speech, thanked E&O for the Group’s long-standing contribution to the festive celebration.
“As a Penang heritage icon, the E&O Hotel has been a leading light and landmark for its unique old-world charm and hospitality. It is fitting that the E&O’s lanterns are now lighting up the heritage enclave – setting the mood and backdrop for a joyous Chinese New Year.
“I wish to thank E&O for responding to calls for contributions to hang the red lanterns which will definitely put a festive spirit in welcoming the Year of the Dog.
“This celebration is for all Penangites to enjoy, as well as the many visitors to Penang whom we warmly welcome to share in our rich cultural traditions. Come to Penang for an unforgettable Chinese New Year celebration,” he said.
Also present to witness the ceremony were Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik and Lim’s political secretary Wong Hon Wai .