Senior folk say CNY will be different but it is for everyone’s good

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR) – Although there will be no reunion dinner with his children this Chinese New Year, retired teacher Yean Lai Haw, 66, understands that the bigger picture is to win the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This will be the first time my four children will not be home for the Chinese New Year.

“Due to the pandemic, it will just be me and my wife celebrating at home this year. We will have a video call during our reunion dinner instead, “he said.

Another retired civil servant, who wished to be known only as Christina, said her children and grandchildren will not be returning home this year due to the interstate travel ban.

“Chinese New Year is an important occasion and my children, who are working in Kuala Lumpur, used to make it a point to come back and celebrate with me.

“I understand that we need to sacrifice a bit to flatten the curve of the infection, ” said the septuagenarian, who lives alone.

Nursing home co-founder Tan Soo Siang, 33, said the residents at her facility will be celebrating with the staff. “Our staff members are mainly Sabahans and Sarawakians who also cannot go home for the festive season. They bought cheongsam to wear on the first day of Chinese New Year and we will enjoy a hotpot meal together.

“This year will be special as they will be celebrating the festival with us, “she said.

There are currently 16 residents at the home, with the oldest being a 93-year-old woman.

Nursing home residents in Bayan Lepas, Penang eager to eat the mandarin oranges and cookies. PHOTO: THE STAR