Visitors and vendors encouraged to use e-wallet at annual CNY event

(Left) Ng (third from left) handing out ang pow and mandarin oranges with other VIPs at the annual Subang Jaya Chinese New Year Celebration. — Photos: SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

It may be well after Chap Goh Meh but the festive spirit was very much alive at the annual Subang Jaya Chinese New Year Celebration at Summit USJ.

Summit USJ with Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng and Zone 1,2, 3 and 4 Residents Committee (JKP) jointly organised the event.

Visitors were treated to a variety of performances such as lion dance, LED dragon dance, wushu, line dance jamming by Subang Jaya residents, Chinese opera show, mask changing, multiracial cultural dance and Chinese New Year songs.

Local singer-songwriter Yise Loo also performed at the event.

Additionally, there were goodies up for grabs and ang pow given out by the God of Prosperity as well as the tossing of yee sang.

There were more than 30 street food stalls and this time around, in a bid to promote cashless payment in Selangor, shoppers were encouraged to spend using e-wallet.

Event-goers were offered a RM10 rebate each upon downloading the Boost e-wallet app — RM7 was sponsored by Ng and RM3 by Boost. Ng had allocated RM20,000 for the Chinese New Year celebration.

In her speech, Ng said Malaysia was heading towards a digital world, citing China as an example where many had gone cashless.

“It is high time Malaysia catches up. I see that some vendors have gone plastic-free, please support them.

“I know some vendors have difficulty going plastic-free. It is time to start researching this as the government will slowly implement a plastic-free initiative, ” she said.

Undeterred by the global outbreak of Covid-19, visitors were seen thronging the event, some in face masks.

Summit USJ staff went around to provide guests with hand sanitisers.

Summit Subang USJ Management Corporation general manager Wivien San said, “With the current Covid-19 outbreak, we were worried about the turnout and were pleasantly surprised to see many joining in the fun.

“The Subang Jaya Chinese New Year Celebration is one event that comes about with the collaborative effort of every one in the community.

“It is our sincere hope that everyone from the community joins in the celebration.”

She added, “We are also pleased to say we have carried out a series of renovation and upgrading works in order to achieve our objective of making Summit USJ a friendly and comfortable ‘home’ for all.”5

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