JOHOR BAHRU, 30 November 2018 – The Secretariat of Pesta Tanglung, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in collaboration with the Student Representative Council, has organized The Mooncake Festival and Cultural Night 2018 from 30 November to 1 December at Laman Menanti, Tasik Ilmu, here.
With the theme, “Quintessence of Chinese Culture”, this program aims to raise awareness to appreciate the Chinese culture by demonstrating its uniqueness that is inherited from generation to generation.
The opening ceremony was held on 30 November 2018 and was officiated by the Johor State Local Government, Science and Technology Committee Chairman, Yang Berhormat Tan Hong Pin and was also attended by UTM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs), Prof. Dr. Durrishah Idrus.
Speaking in his opening speech, YB Tan Hong Pin said that this programme has demonstrated the spirit of synergy and high commitment by the secretariat members consisting of 35 students from various faculties in UTM.
“Besides promoting the Chinese cultures to locals and internationals, this programme also can be used as a catalyst to strengthen the unity among Malaysians.
“Malaysia is resided by multi-racial communities, thus, an effective way to promote unity is needed and at the same time honouring the long historical legacies,” he said.
Attended by approximately 8000 visitors from various races, this program provides platforms and opportunities for all walks of life to understand the Chinese cultural heritage inherited from the ancestors.
Additionally, the program also allows UTM multi-racial community to understand the Chinese culture and at the same time strengthen the unity and the relationship among UTM community.
Among the exciting activities held were 24 Festival Drum, Chinese Mask Changing, Musical Stage Drama, Live Band Performance by Losting and Diabolo Performance.

YB Tan Hong Pin (left) showing the floating tanglung at UTM Tasik Ilmu after the opening ceremony. Accompanied him was Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar (right).