INSTEAD of the usual mandarin oranges and ang pow packets for Chinese New Year, 109 traders at the Sri Petaling morning market in Jalan Radin Bagus were given face masks.
The red masks bearing the Chinese character “Prosperous” were handed out by Sri Petaling Morning Market Association adviser Banie Chin and association members.
Chin, who is also MCA’s Kuala Lumpur City Hall affairs bureau chief, said the initiative was aimed at keeping the Chinese New Year spirit alive.
“It has been a very bleak year and we cannot even enjoy the annual lion dance performance.
“For several years now, we have been celebrating Chinese New Year with the traders and it has always been a joyous affair, ” he said.
“There used to be a lion dance performance, lighting of firecrackers and lots of mandarin oranges for everyone. Unfortunately we are unable to do so this year.”
He said the distribution of face masks was well-received by the traders.
“Hopefully, it will keep everyone safe, ’’ he said, adding that 300 pieces of masks were handed out.
Chin said the Sri Petaling morning market, which first opened in 2015, would be closed from Feb 12 to 14.