King to visit Portuguese village for Xmas
MALACCA: It will truly be a Christmas to remember for the 1,200 residents of Malaysia’s only Portuguese village in Ujong Pasir when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin joins them to celebrate the occasion.
News of the King’s visit to the Portuguese Settlement came as a surprise to regedor (village headman) Peter Thomas Gomes when he was informed on Tuesday that the village would play host to this year’s national-level Christmas celebrations.
“It is recognition of the Portuguese community whose members have been loyal subjects and we are deeply honoured.
“This will be the first time in our history that our beloved King is celebrating Christmas with us,” he said here yesterday.
He added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would also be attending the celebrations, organised by the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry.
Gomes said the date had yet to be fixed with officials finalising details this Friday.
“Although Christmas falls on Dec 25, we are hopeful the King will be able to experience Christmas Eve at the village instead.
“It is on this night that families hold reunions while thousands of locals and tourists throng the village to view our homes which are decked with decorations and colourful lights,” he said.
Gomes said that Christmas decorations would be put up within two weeks.