Sultan Ibrahim striking the drum to launch the procession as Crown Prince Tunku Ismail looks on.
JOHOR BARU: Thousands of people lined the streets and cheered as Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and the Crown Prince Tunku Ismail arrived to launch a Chingay procession here.
A sea of fluttering state flags and energetic chants of Daulat Tuanku echoed along Jalan Wong Ah Fook when Sultan Ibrahim and Tunku Ismail arrived to join in the celebration at about 9pm here on Friday.
Sultan Ibrahim, who made history as the first Johor Ruler to attend the parade in the state last year, launched the event by sounding a Chinese drum several times.
It was Tunku Ismail’s first appearance at the Chingay festival this year, just a week after celebrating Thaipusam with the Indian community in Masai on Feb 9.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, China’s ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang, Singapore consul-general in Johor Baru Rajpal Singh and Johor Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong also attended the event.
Sultan Ibrahim waved as the participants chanted heng ah! (prosperity) and huat ah! (good fortune) as well as Daulat Tuanku as they passed the main stage, which was set up at the Komtar JBCC’s entrance here.
“Deities” from the five main clans in Johor, namely Hakka, Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese and Hainan, were taken on a 9km tour on foot to bless the city and its people.
The crowd was treated to elaborately decorated floats, big head dolls, bearers of huge flags from the five clans, lion and dragon dance performances as well as fireworks throughout the four-hour event.
dimsum.my, Malaysia’s latest subscription video-on-demand service, also made its debut at the event with a prosperity-themed float, in-line with the year of the rooster.
Based on the concept of a sailing boat, the float indicates a successful year ahead for dimsum.my, accompanied by five koi fish to represent “five concurrent users”, one of the key features of the service.
A red rooster sits up front, also in dimsum.my’s colour.
Organised annually by the Johor Ancient Temple, the procession, which takes pride in its 147-year old history, marked the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
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