Every year, Harwood Timber gathers all the staff to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, the gathering took place at Endorsement and Shipping Conference Room on the 18th of February 2019. The gathering attended by YBhg Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Bujang Bin Mohd Nor , General Manager of Harwood , Tuan Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Abdullah, the Management Team of Harwood and Harwood subsidiaries, Enrich Essence, Giovanni and Harwood Timber Products.
As an annual event of Harwood, this year the celebration remain the same in Harwood with Red and Maroon as a color theme. Everyone was dressed in their best. Various kind of food were served on the day together with beautiful red lanterns decoration that lit the room.
This year marks as the year of a Pig. In Chinese Lunar Calendar, Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
Harwood Chinese New Year Gathering started with a Doa recital by Encik Wahid Bin Amit, followed by opening speech by Harwood General Manager, Tuan Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Abdullah. As his official first gathering with all Harwood staff in HQ since he joined early this month, he mentioned that he look forward to walk side by side with all of us in Harwood to achieve our target for this year.
Just before the Yee Sang session, DGM of Harwood, Mr. Ong Lip Kheng gave his speech on behalf of Chinese community in Harwood. He took the chance to tell everyone on the history of Chinese New Year according to their culture.
The gathering continue with Yee Sang session after the speech and followed by a surprise birthday celebration for our AGM MBD,Tuan Haji Bohari Bin Awg Lair. He turned 58 on the 17th of February and all of us took the opportunity to celebrate him on the day.
In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. We hope that this year, all of us will be blessed with an abundance of joy, good health and wealth. Happy Chinese New Year everyone!