THE streets of Ipoh are jammed up with folks doing their last minute Chinese New Year shopping and errands.
With just days leading to the festival, financial institutions and markets were filled to the brim with people.
Octogenarian Kok Yoon Ping found the Bercham market with a sea of people when she went there at 6am on Wednesday to buy groceries for her reunion dinner.
“We had to queue up at the meat and poultry stalls and the lines were long,” she said.
Housewife Doris Khoo said people had no choice but to buy their groceries, especially meats and vegetables, close to the eve of Chinese New Year so that they remained fresh.
“With the markets closed for the first three days of Chinese New Year, we have to stock up on groceries.
“But we cannot do it too early,” she said.
Folks were also seen thronging supermarkets to buy their groceries and buying new outfits and shoes at shopping centres to usher in the Year of the Horse.
It was the same scene at shops selling decorations as people made a last attempt to pick up ornaments, lighting and lanterns to adorn their homes and offices.
Salesperson Lai Fung Choo, 34, decided to make a second trip to the Hoke Loke Siew Nursery despite having bought flowers and other potted plants for Chinese New Year earlier.
“I just wanted to see if there was anything nice or extra that I could get for my home or even as gifts,” she said.
Meanwhile, at the Bulatan Sultan Ismail, workers from the Ipoh City Council were working feverishly to decorate the iconic roundabout near the Mentri Besar’s official residence with kumquat trees and chrysanthemums.