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Penang souvenir shops overrun by ‘rats’

The Year of the Rat is at hand and souvenir shops are being 'overrun' by rats, fake ones of course.


Slow going for Mandarin oranges

In less than a month's time, the Chinese community will be ushering in the Year of the Rat, yet there seems to be no big demand for Mandarin oranges so far and sale of the fruit has been rather slow compared to previous years.


Ready for the Rat?

When it comes to updating your feng shui for the year, the key is to not be fearful but to always think positively.


Hamster sales set to increase

The sale of hamsters is expected to increase by as much as 30% as people get ready to welcome the Year of the Rat next month.


Treat for the homeless

GEORGE Town's homeless were recently treated to a nutritious meal and given ang pows in conjunction with Chinese New Year.


Demand for Rat-theme decor items

Over 100 types of rat designs on angpows and other merchandise are available this Lunar Year of the Rat.


State backing for Jonker Street CNY carnival

It was a relief for the Jonker Street Committee when Kota Melaka MP Wong Nai Chee succeeded in getting the local city council and Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Melaka to support the cost of street decorations and organising the Jonker Street Chinese New Year carnival.


Yee Sang and Mutton Chop part of the wide array

Chinese New Year is not allabout lion dances, ang powand mandarin oranges. Thefamily feast is also animportant part of the celebration.The Qing Zhen ChineseMuslim Restaurant in NovotelHydro Majestic Kuala Lumpur,one of the few Chinese Muslimrestaurants in KL, offerssumptuous meals in the Year ofthe Rat.


Ushering in the Year of the Rat

According to Chinese legend, the Rattricked the Ox in a race and emerged thewinner to head the 12-year animal cycle.