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Firing Up New Year Euphoria In Penang
Ready for big bash: Workers preparing the outdoor stage for the New Year countdown concert at Gurney Plaza, George Town.
December 31st, 2017 | 09:42 AM | 543 views
A brand new set of 365 days is on the way and Penangites are in for exhilarating countdown celebrations.
Happy Polla (pic), the internet phenomenon from Thailand, will be in town and so will Taiwanese pop rock band F.I.R., with their lead vocalists Faye Chan. The beautiful and funny four-girl Malaysia-Taiwan singing group, Amoi Amoi, will join them too.
They are performing tonight at M Mall O2O in Penang Times Square starting from 9pm.
The state will also be filled with the booming of large fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
Deputy state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslee Chik said he signed seven permits for extensive fireworks displays, and the tallest night flowers of the year will be launched from the rooftop of Komtar.
The [email protected] will be shooting fireworks from the roof for five minutes, and since the rooftop is about a quarter of a kilometre above sea level, these fireworks ought to fly high enough to be visible from nearly anywhere in George Town.
Meanwhile, on the atrium at Level Five of The [email protected], the Canto Pop band Fantasy Soundmac will fire up the euphoria of revellers from about 11.30pm to a climax when the clock strikes twelve.
The festivities at The [email protected] will start from 5.30pm with more shows and lucky draws for patrons who spend more than RM25 at the food outlets there.
At Gurney Plaza, a stage has been built at the al fresco area, where the countdown party will kick off at 8pm onwards.
Live band performances by Malaysian band Acidic Bunch will keep the revellers hyped besides dance performances.
Gurney Plaza marketing communications manager Wong Shu Ying said there will also be a virtual reality (VR) game booth besides other stage games.
At Gurney Paragon, the countdown party will be held at the Festive Square from 7pm.
The special performance will be by all-girls trio, De Fam, besides other energetic dance performances and clown appearances, games and free party packs for shoppers before the balloons drop at midnight.
Fireworks displays will also light up the sky at the New Year’s Eve countdown celebrations at the Straits Quay Retail Marina, Queensbay Mall and Auto-City in Juru on the mainland.
However, no state-run New Year countdown celebrations will be held.
State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang, in a text message, said that the state government is not holding any New Year celebration since many big celebrations are being held by the private sector.
DCP Roslee said there are ongoing police operations from Christmas to the new year to ensure that there will be no untoward incidents in the state.
“We are deploying maximum manpower, especially where crowds gather.
“Traffic policemen are at hotpots to make sure congestion is managed.
“We will also check entertainment outlets to ensure the patrons behave themselves and there are no unruly crowds,” he said.
DCP Roslee said it was most important to maintain the peace during the celebrations.
courtesy of THE STAR
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