JOHOR BARU: About 2,000 people were treated to the annual Chinese New Year celebration courtesy of SP Setia Bhd Group recently.
Visitors from all over the city attended the festival held at Setia Eco Cascadia and were welcomed with lion and dragon dance performances and served with Chinese local dishes including a special menu of a 330ft- long yee sang on the table.
Other entertainment such as photo booth sessions, lucky draw contest, children’s colouring booths, photo sessions with staff dressed in various costumes and mermaids were also held at the event.
A visitor, Hung Yang Min, 19, who was seen waiting in line to get her photo taken with the mermaids, said that this was her first time celebrating the Lunar New Year with SP Setia.
“I found out about the event on Facebook a day before the event and I was so excited over the activities offered and made sure I came,” she said.
Another visitor, a student from Crescendo International College who wanted to be known as Ng, 20, said it was the liveliest celebration she had attended this year.
“I enjoyed every single activity and I am looking forward to joining in the celebration again next year,” she said while enjoying the noodles served at one of the stalls there.
Single mother Valerie Koh, 49, who came with two of her children, said that she was happy to see her daughters enjoying the lion dance performance and having fun at the colouring booth.
“It is good to see them happy this Lunar New Year as this is the first time we are celebrating without their father,” she said.
SP Setia Bhd Group general manager Stanley Saw Kim Suan said the 330ft-longyee sang was the first such offering at an event held by a property developer in Johor Baru.
“The crowd was very happy and we hope to continue this tradition in the future,” he said.
On another matter, Saw said that its group would be launching some 400 plus double-storey terrace units in Bukit Indah and 352 units of affordable houses (phase two) in Setia Eco Gardens.
“Bukit Indah is our last land piece and we would be launching the double-storey terrace and sky view apartments,” he said, adding that all the projects are expected to start by the end of the year.
Saw said that for the affordable houses (phase two), the targeted buyers, mostly those from the lower income group, would be decided on by the Johor state secretary.
“They will decide based on a few requirements such as those earning RM3,000 and below, and we will only sell to them once they get the approval letter from the state secretary,” he said.
He added that the Montana Clubhouse in Setia Eco Cascadia, 79 units of shop houses in Eco Hub and the Sky 88, a 55-storey building, would be ready by the end of this year.