People doing their last-minute Chinese New Year shopping at a mall in Kuala Lumpur.
PETALING JAYA: Shoppers “galloped” through shopping malls to make full use of the last weekend before Chinese New Year to buy festive items.
A carnival air prevailed at shopping malls like Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre and Mid Valley Megamall with the added sound of festive drum beats.
Coming all the way from Malacca was Catherine Tan, 37, an engineer, who came to buy pussy willows to decorate her house to usher in the Year of The Horse.
“These cost only RM20 last year. Now, it is RM28, but we are still willing to spend on them for the Chinese New Year,” she said at the Sunway mall.
Lim Li Yur, 28, an accountant servicer, was rushing through her shopping with her sister and mother at the shopping centre.
“I plan to spend RM200 on cookies, boxed drinks and peanuts for family and friends. Hopefully, these can last for all of the 15 days,” she said.
There were those with bigger shopping budgets for new clothes, food and decorations.
Marketing personnel Joanne Yao, 36, was among them.
“I have spent roughly RM2,000 on clothes for myself so far as I am still single. I also spent on new household items,” she said at Mid Valley Megamall.
There were parents who gave priority to their children’s wants.
Ivan Lai, 40, an IT engineer, was waiting for his wife to choose a pair of shoes for their four-year-old daughter.
“I am not spending much this CNY, maybe around RM400. But this amount depends on my daughter because she is growing up very quickly. We will spend on her first and then only on ourselves,” said the doting father.
Housewife Lee K.C., 58, was eager to complete her last-minute shopping.
“I usually spend RM200 on each of my children’s new clothes. I don’t intend to buy clothes for myself,” she added.
Her daughter Lee Ann, 20, was seen guarding bags of bak kua (barbequed pork) and CNY groceries that her mother had bought for an estimated RM500.