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News : Chinese New Year Celebration at Masjid Cina,Tasek.

On the 1st of March, 2015, a Chinese New Year celebration was held at Masjid Muahammadiah (Masjid Cina) Taman Tasek Jaya, Ipoh. This ceremony was organized by the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM), Perak Islamic Department and Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA) Ipoh with the collaboration of the General Studies Department of UniKL RCMP, IKHRAM (Hidayah Centre Perak), FOKMA Perak, and ILHAM.. 

UniKL-RCMP presented a Nasyid performance by Al-Hambra and a team for a drama performance. The teams were made up of UniKL-RCMP year 1 MBBS students. The drama and nasyid were performed in Mandarin according to the theme of the Chinese New Year celebration. Both the teams were guided by Miss Wong Siaw Wuei, the Mandarin lecturer and Mr. Kamarul Afendey Hamimi, the lecturer for Ethnic   Relations at UniKL RCMP. This event was organized in order to fulfil the subject requirements of ā€˜Ethnic Relations' and the students were given co-curricular marks for their participation in the programme. 

The event was attended by about 500 people from different ethnic groups comprising Malays, Indians, and Chinese. The main objective of this celebration was to highlight the concept of Chinese New Year and to expose the participants to the true teachings of Islam that accepts differences, as long as it is not against the principles of Islam. Besides that, it was also aimed at strengthening the relationship between people of different ethnic groups in Malaysia by carrying out common activities that bring people together. There was also a lion dance performance on that day to spice up the celebration.. 

In order to achieve unity and progress in a multi-racial country like Malaysia, there must be mutual understanding among races so that harmony can be preserved. The aspect of unity is very crucial in producing a peaceful environment and this program was held as one of the initiatives to instil the spirit of unity among the different races in Malaysia. 

In conclusion, it must be said that Islam accepts differences among cultures. However, elements of unity should be instilled through the interaction of people from various races to ensure the relationship between different ethnic groups is made stronger from time to time.

Reported by:
Noor Azwa Ahmad & Nida Aliaa Azman
Advisor :
Kamarul Afendey Hamimi

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