PM attends Media Prima’s Chinese New Year openhouse

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak graced Media Prima Bhd's Chinese New Year open house celebration here today.

Najib was met on arrival by Media Prima Bhd (MPB) chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar and New Straits Times Press Bhd (NSTP) chairman Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan. They were greeted with much fanfare with thunderous lion dance and traditional drum troupe performance.

Najib joined the guests in tossing the Yee Sang to signify the wish for abundant prosperity, good luck and happiness for all. 

In reference to the `Yee Sang’, Najib said this festive dish might appear in a mess when people tossed it, but it tastes very good.

“Malaysian community may look a bit like that, but at the end of the day, we have the uniqueness and strength of the Malaysian nation represented by so many ethnic groups. We come together as 1Malaysia.”

Najib said the underpinning values associated with diversity, especially the concept of 1Malaysia, mattered.

“I respect your culture, lifestyle, religion, and language, and you respect my language, religion and my way of life. That is the underpinning values," he said. 

Among those who participated in the tossing of the Yee Sang were Second Education minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Media Prima non-independent non-executive director Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang, Johan, Hua Zong president Lim Gait Tong, Jawhar and MPB chief marketing officer Shareen Ooi.

Also present were MPB group managing director Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin, Media Prima Television Networks chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar and Media Prima Radio Networks chief executive officer Seelan Paul.