Celebrating Christmas in the city of unity

By Patricia Hului

@pattbpseeds

patriciahului@theborneopost.com

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Lo (in yellow) distributing cookies to children.

Kuchingites came together to celebrate ‘Christmas in City of Unity’ for the first time in front of the Old Courthouse on Dec 18.

The celebration managed to bring people together regardless of their different race, religion and even political standing.

The event was launched by Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang on behalf of Ministry of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

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The VIPs taking photo with some of the children.

Lo in his officiating remark said with 27 races living together harmoniously was certainly something unique. 

He stated, “There is saying that goes like this, you cannot have unity without diversity. When people are united by shared values and goals, they can move together, synchronising their efforts to achieve things that none could achieve alone.”

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(From right) See, Ali, Pui, Lo, Wong and Chin witnessing the lighting up of the event.

Meanwhile the organising chairman Peter Pui said the Christmas in the City of Unity was made in realisation of the chief minister’s call of bringing people together irrespective of their diverse background.

“The decorative lights are a simple way of highlighting the beauty of the historical landmark and also to signify the stories of bonding amongst the people of Kuching and also a simple way of giving back to the community.”

Pui pointed out having the event in front of Old Courthouse was also a significant as it was known as ‘ground zero’ historically.

The highlight of the event was lighting up of the Christmas tree as the lights were a reminder to all Sarawakians of the state’s unity and togetherness.

According to Pui, similar event will be held during other festive season as well.

Held under the World Art Convention, other activities included distribution of balloons, gingerbread cookies and facepainting.

Also present during the event were Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Krian assemblyman Ali Biju, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei and SUPP Women chief Datin Jennifer Chee.

The Christmas event at the Old Courthouse started on Dec 17 and would end on Jan 1, 2017.

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Choir members from Blessed Sacrement Church singing carols.

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The VIPs watching the choirs.

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Some of the attendees of the night.

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There was also a booth set up in conjunction of the event.

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Facepainting anyone?

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Attendee taking video of the choir singing.

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