In the quest for another BIGGEST, this time a Kongsi Raya Chinese New Year open house in Johore Baru, 300,000 are expected to attend from both Malaysia and Singapore.
Among those expected to attend are Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, and Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid; Sultan Johor, Sultan Iskandar dan Sultanah Johor, Sultanah Zanariah; Tengku Mahkota Johor, Tengku Ibrahim Ismail and Raja Zarith Sofia.
Also expected are Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Prime Minister of Singapore, Goh Chok Thong and his deputy, Lee Hsein Loong. Their cabinet ministers are expected to attend the function as well.
In his eagerness to invite the public to attend the function, Minister of Culture, Arts & Tourism, Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said, "I know the Chinese does not normally go out on the third day of Chinese New Year, tapi malulah kalau orang Cina tidak datang". He was caught saying that on TV3.
One just could not understand why he has to put it in such a way to invite the public, especial the Chinese, to attend the open house. Why not make a proper, polite and sincere invitation. A polite invitation will always receive more welcomes than rejections.
Malulah Kadir when he sits on the ministry overseeing culture and arts yet he doesn't know the basic culture and the art of speaking.
Guess, it is about time we have a new minister.