|Thousands of revellers bade farewell to 2010 and ushered in the New Year by partying down the last seconds of the decade at numerous places around Kuala Lumpur.|
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of revellers bade farewell to 2010 and ushered in the New Year by partying down the last seconds of the decade at numerous places around town.
Tourists joined Malaysians from all walks of life at the Ambang 2011 Kuala Lumpur Concert at Dataran Merdeka last night.
The crowd was entertained with energetic performances by local artistes including Mizz Nina, rocker Amy Search, Malaysian Idol 2 winner Daniel Lee, Datuk David Arumugam, Ramlah Ram, pop rock band Pop Shuvit and Bintang RTM 2009 winner Ernie.
The party, which kicked off at 8.30pm, was organised by the AmBank Group with the cooperation of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Also in the concert line-up were City Hall’s orchestra and multi- cultural dance troupes.
Revellers sang along and danced to the music as they waited for the arrival of the new year.
At the stroke of midnight, the crowd was treated to a magnificent show of fireworks.
They erupted in cheers, and hugs and wishes went around as they wished each other Happy New Year.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gave his New Year speech through a video recording.
He said it was a good year for the country.
“We are not only on track for economic recovery but we are moving fast towards achieving the status of a high-income and developed nation by 2020,” he said, in wishing Malaysians a great year ahead.
Thousands of others thronged Jalan Sultan Ismail in front of Sungei Wang Plaza for the biggest Chinese street party concert in conjunction with the countdown celebration.
|Dazzling colours: Party-goers watching a light and water display as they wait for the new year countdown at KLCC in Kuala Lumpur last night. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star|
Party-goers rocked the night away with performances from Taiwanese group Power Station, singer Tank and several local artistes.
The singers were accompanied by a four-piece live band for the first time since Sungei Wang started organising its year-end street celebration.
In Puchong, music and food kept the mood swinging for crowds waiting to usher in the new year at IOI Boulevard.
They were also treated to live music from a five-piece band, belting songs from evergreens to hits, and a three-minute fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.