GEORGE TOWN: About 20,000 people are expected to turn up for the national level Christmas open house at Esplanade.
Penang Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state would assist the Tourism Ministry to hold the event, scheduled to start from 10am to 6.30pm tomorrow.
Since Penang is the host, state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus will provide the ministry with details on the local logistics, such as the venue, traffic and transport. “Invitations have been sent out to the national-level (bodies), state exco, some local organisations and communities,” he said during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.
Chow said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would be present. Penang state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus said Light Street would be closed from 10am to 6.30pm during the celebration.
Rapid Penang creative communications manager Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Kassim said free shuttle bus services would be available from 9am to 7pm tomorrow.
The main event will officially start from 2pm. A host of activities has been lined up including cultural performances and exhibitions.