Time for some quiet celebrations


For you: Ti-Ratana Buddhist Society founder Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana handing out ang pow to orphan children and elderly at the Ti-Ratana welfare society home in Seri Petaling. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Chinese community ushered in the Year of the Metal Ox by staying safe in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting movement control order.

Despite the scaled-down celebration, families were determined to make the most out of the situation as they conducted traditional rituals.The celebration began yesterday with the reunion dinner and a limited number of family members allowed to gather.

There will be no lion or dragon dances or open houses, nor any fireworks displays or large-scale burning of joss sticks.

With the MCO still in effect, inter-state travel is not allowed either.

Those staying away from their hometowns may have opted to make video-calls to their loved ones and relatives.

Thanks to digital platforms, family bonding was still possible.

The government, via the National Unity Ministry, announced a revised SOP for the Chinese New Year celebration, allowing reunion dinners limited to 15 members living within a 10km radius.

Ahead of the celebration, the government also eased some restrictions by allowing dining-in at restaurants but limited to two per table.

Businesses in the retail sector such as clothing stores, accessory shops, toy stores, sports equipment shops and others were allowed to resume business from Wednesday.

Local community leaders reminded Malaysians to be vigilant and comply with the SOP set by the National Security Council and other relevant authorities.

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