Eerie Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur…


KLCC, Malaysia

Wow, Chinese New Year is almost upon us, and it feels very strange. Here I am in KLCC, the Petronas Twin Towers, the premier building in Malaysia and there are no Chinese people… anywhere! For once I'm walking around and all I see are Malays, Indians and Caucasians. There's nothing wrong with it, it just feels very eerie!

Of course Chinese New Year here in Malaysia is a big deal given the Chinese are the largest and most visible ethnic group after the Malays. It's even more so in Singapore where the vast majority are Chinese. The closest I can come to describing it would be to compare Singapore on Chinese New Year to Australia, North America or Europe on Christmas Day. Just this feeling of deserted-ness… very strange.

Wishing all my Chinese friends (and my Chinese-obsessed ang moh friends) a happy, healthy and prosperous year of the boar.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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