Sabahans to celebrate without families

Missing home: Chu said she and some Sabahan friends are planning to hold small gatherings among themselves to celebrate the lunar new year.

KOTA KINABALU: Vivian Chu cannot make the trip back home here for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner with her family tomorrow.

The hotel manager based in Kuala Lumpur said she was unable to meet up with her elderly parents as well as her uncles and aunts apart from cousins for the reunion dinner at their home here.

“My parents are also growing older so I want to be with them as well as my extended family during this celebration.

“I feel quite emotional about missing the gathering although it will be a smaller one at home this year, ” said Chu, who is unable to travel back home due to the movement control order that has been extended to Feb 18.

The Sabahan said she booked her ticket home for Feb 10, but with the extension of the MCO to Feb 18, she had to cancel it.

She now hopes to come home by Chap Goh Meh which falls on Feb 25.

“If the MCO is extended again, then I will not be able to make it home, ” she said, adding that she and a few Sabahan friends hoped to hold a simple “reunion” lunch on Chinese New Year’s eve.

She said while she could go back to Sabah later this year to meet up with relatives, the atmosphere during the family reunion for Chinese New Year is special, especially with all the food and revelry.

Chu and the other Sabahans working in the peninsula who are unable to make their trip back under current SOP are planning to hold small gatherings among themselves to celebrate the lunar new year.

However, she said that it would be difficult for them to hold any gatherings in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as condominiums would not allow non-residents to enter.

“I will make do with what we have. I will decorate my place but I won’t be going to the temple, ” she said, adding that she was looking forward to her favourite roasted duck and nian gao (sticky cake) which she has ordered.

Chu said she would hold video calls with her family back home.

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