• Wartawan Nabalu News


Wong (left) presents a box of mandarin oranges to one of UPKO members.

8 Feb 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News

KOTA KINABALU: There is no doubt that the Chinese New Year Celebration will be different this year due to the implementation of movement control order (MCO), but it can still be lively under the new norm.

This was expressed by Sepanggar United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) chief division Datuk Wong Thien Fook who went on to enliven the Chinese New Year spirit by presenting mandarin oranges to members of the party.

"Besides to enliven the spirit of Chinese New Year, this presentation is also a sign of appreciation for everyone's support and cooperation before this.

"Thank you to all for the hard work, dedication, concern, love and affection for the party," he said in his Facebook account.

Another recipient receiving a box of mandarin oranges from Wong (left).

According to Wong when contacted, he as the eldest among his siblings would usually host the Chinese New Year reunion dinner for all his family.

"This year, only 15 family members will be allowed to have reunion dinner together in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), otherwise there would be more than 40 of us altogether.

"My children, nephews and nieces would usually come back from overseas, but this year, it will only be with my children who are residing in Kota Kinabalu," he mentioned, adding that two of his daughters who are in Singapore and Taiwan respectively could not come back for the dinner.

Even so, he said he and his family will still see each other virtually via a video call session set at 9pm during that night.

Wong said there will only be a moderate amount of food and home decoration this year since will only be a simple Chinese New Year celebration.