Traditional CNY market in Sabah cancelled, assemblyman offers online market

KOTA KINABALU: The city's traditional Chinese New Year market scheduled for Wednesday (Feb 10) has been cancelled this year.

Kota Kinabalu Mayor Noorliza Awang Alip made the announcement in a statement posted on Facebook.

The decision comes in line with the current Covid-19 movement control order where the Sabah government has not lifted the ban on night markets which was recently lifted by the Federal Government.

The popular market which is traditionally held two days before Chinese New Year along the Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens draws large crowds of locals seeking last-minute buys of festive goods like fresh flowers, plants, festive decorations and local delicacies among a host of everything else held at Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens within the city's business area.

Luyang DAP division is bringing the Foh Sang Chinese New Year night market online for the first time, with a line-up of performances to make the celebrations merrier and safer for everyone.

In a Facebook post, Luyang assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe asked the public to join him online to purchase their favourite Chinese New Year products while performances would also be streamed online on Feb 9.

He said the objective was to avoid the spread of the virus while providing a convenient platform for the public to buy their essentials without having to leave their homes.

The online Foh Sang Chinese New Year Market will start from 6pm Tuesday (Feb 9) on his official Facebook page.

Inviting people to join in his online platform, he said the idea was also to recreate the familiar and lively atmosphere of the festivity for everyone including those unable to return home.

Phoong said those wanting to set up an online stall can contact Ellan at 010-2851308 and those wanting to perform can contact Desmond 016-8991137.

Many businesses in Sabah have been recording slower businesses for Chinese New Year goods this year as the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economy and people’s livelihoods.

Supermarkets and various store operators have indicated that people were spending less and they have also reduced their stock by at least 30 per cent.

Usually, sundry shops and mini-markets would set up tents at the parking spaces at their fronts to sell Mandarin oranges, auspicious plants, biscuits, nian gao (sticky cake) and snacks two weeks before the new year but this is no longer a common sight this year.

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