100,000 expected at party
MORE than 100,000 people are expected to turn up for the Penang Golden 2007 New Year countdown celebration at Gurney Drive which is set to be a glittering affair.
Those coming for the Dec 31 event are encouraged to wear gold-coloured attire to match this year’s ‘Every Body Wears Gold’ theme.
State Tourism Development and Environment Commit- tee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the countdown party, which is endorsed by the state government and supported by the Tourism Ministry, was organised by CreatiVision D.C. Sdn Bhd through a private initiative.
He said although the party would begin at 5pm, many fun activities had been lined up for the whole day, adding that Gurney Drive would be closed to traffic from midnight on Dec 30.
He said the celebration would culminate in a glitter- ing fireworks display at midnight.
Teng said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor are expected to address the crowd minutes before the countdown.
CreatiVision managing director Adelyn Lim said among the events to be held were a Mini Cooper parade, golden sales carnival, charity fun fair, Su-doku competition, variety game show, guess the song competition, line dance competition and street soccer.
“From 5pm onwards, we will have variety games and prize presentation. There will be live band performances from 9pm followed by speeches before the countdown,” she said.
She said the live band peformance would continue until 1am after the fireworks display.
“We expect a 100,000 tur-nout as we are continuously promoting the event through various media,” Lim said, add-ing that road shows and promotional events would kick off from today.
Celcom (M) Bhd is the main sponsor of the event. Its senior marketing vice- president Zal-man Aefendy Zainal Abidin said 48 Black Ice mobile phones would be given away on that day to lucky winners.
“We will also announce our new service in the country on that day,” he added.
Admission to the party is free. For more information, call (6) 04 - 227 7019
Source : STAR
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