Starchild: What Malaysian children want for 2023

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 5

Farewell 2022, hello 2023!

I bet many of you can’t believe it is already the end of yet another year. Some of you may have had a fairly easy year, and some may have had a challenging one.

Let’s hope 2023 will be a good year for us all.

Here’s what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, Happy New Year.

Chuah Seng Koon, 7Chuah Seng Koon, 7

Seven-year-old Chuah Seng Koon’s New Year resolution is to have “a fresh start” as an eight year-old-boy. “On Chinese New Year, after the school holidays, I will be in Year 2. I hope that there won’t be any stern teachers in my class or daycare centre. After school, I hope I can go to the playground to play with my friends.”

“I will be in Year 2 in 2023. I hope that there won’t be much homework so that I can spend more time practising running to get a medal and also to be a champion. Last but not least, I want my mum to be proud of me. I want to make her the happiest mother in 2023,” says Gilon Lee, seven.

Older sibling Feivul Lee, nine, has significant wishes for 2023 though new resolutions are not a priority. “I have to set a big goal in 2023 as I shall be in Year 4. A new challenge for me. I hope to get good grades in all subjects and to be top not only in my class but the whole form to make my parents proud. I hope to be more hardworking and smarter so there won’t be any nagging from my mother.”

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 7Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 7

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, seven, says: “My new year resolution is to have better eating habits. For a start, I would like to eat faster so that I have more time to do other things. Also, I would like to try more variety of foods and be more thankful for the food that Mummy prepares for me.”

Younger sibling Asher Wang Qi Chuen, five, writes: “For the New Year, I hope to follow my parents’ advice to clean up after playing with my toys every day. I would also like to help more with cleaning the house so that our house can be cleaner and not so messy.”

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ITEM: Christmas is over but we have another festive season just around the corner. Yes, Chinese New Year!

There will be family reunions and grand feasts. And kids must surely look forward to receiving ang pow.

Next year will be the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.

What do you look forward to this Chinese New Year? A family reunion? Yee Sang? Fire crackers? Mandarin oranges?

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