In 2002, Sarawak Vui Neng Association held on a large scale the centenary celebrations of Cantonese Settlement in Sibu.
Premier Hotel had the honour to provide accommodation for all the invited guests flying in from all over. As such, the air of our hotel was filled with the mood of the celebrations also.
The centenary celebrations were bountiful and meaningful, leaving me with deep impressions. Amongst all, the launching of a book on the history of Cantonese Settlement in Sibu particularly caught my interest. The book uniquely illustrates the history entirely in drawings with some brief explanatory notes in Chinese.
The author of the book is Simon Lai, a local talented artist and graphic designer who is very creative-minded.
Simon has a very impressive track record of achievements in his field, one of which was a hand-drawn portrait of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The drawing was presented to Dr. M on September 16, 2001 by Simon Lai on behalf of our State Government as a souvenir.
Peter Kong gave a souvenir copy to me after the function. The publication was not available for sale in the market. As such, it is very valuable.