MO,2/3/2018, YONG PENG: A sum of RM1mil has been allocated to develop and boost tourism in the Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam new villages, said Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. The announcement added to the upbeat mood as residents cheered and eagerly whipped out their hand phones to record the fireworks display during the Chinese New Year celebrations at the pedestrian-only Yong Peng Street yesterday.
The fund would be used to improve facilities and put up better signs for visitors. “Definitely we have to increase the numbers by another 20%, to 250,000, which I think is achievable for Yong Peng,” said Dr Wee, the Ayer Hitam MP.He was accompanied by Ayer Hitam MCA chief Ling Tian Soon. The RM1mil, split evenly between the two towns, is part of a RM10mil allocation from the Government for 20 new villages announced last year.
The amount is to be released this year. “Other villages to benefit from the fund include Paloh, which is almost 100 years old, and Bekok which is unique and frequented by Singaporeans,” said Dr Wee. The fund would also be used to develop selected new villages in Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and Selangor. Residents also cheered when Dr Wee informed them of the recent statement by China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian, that China is willing to buy more palm oil.
“We need to continue working hard to turn Yong Peng into a famous place in its own right, so that we can proudly tell others, that ‘I am from Yong Peng!’ Dr Wee told the crowd. In between, local acts and student bodies staged performances ranging from Chinese orchestra music and lion dances to Mandarin songs.
With today being the last day of Chinese New Year – Chap Goh Mei, which is regarded as Chinese Valentine’s Day – event organisers had put up a pool for the traditional orange-throwing event for singles to look for a match, as well as a “lover’s bridge” for couples to take photos.