PETALING JAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recorded a Chinese New Year video with his son Jibreil in Rembau where he talked about the symbolism of fish dishes.
"Through this experience, I understand that fish dishes have many distinctive meanings, especially celebratory meals," said Khairy on his Facebook page.
"Among other things, the dish symbolises the abundance of prosperity," he said.
The Chinese saying "nian nian you yu" is attached to the symbolism of the fish dish that is served during Chinese New Year.
The saying means "may you have more than you need, every year".
The word "yu" means abundance, and it also has the same pronunciation as "fish".
In the video, Khairy and his son visit the owners of Mui Fong restaurant, whom he calls Aunty Yin Fah and Uncle Leong, where he learns how to cook a typical fish dish for Chinese New Year.
Khairy and his son later joined several people at Mui Fong restaurant for a Chinese New Year meal, with him serving up a steamed fish that he helped to cook.
"To the whole Chinese community, happy holidays and have a happy Chinese New Year with family and friends," said Khairy.
"I hope that Malaysia will continue to prosper," he added.