We Wish You Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Gong Xi Fa Cai & Huat ar !

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May this year of Tiger bring you lots of  fortune, wisdom, abundance of health, love and your wishes and hopes come true in this year.

All the best in the year – 2010!

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In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Bursa Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Bhd (the Exchange) will be closed for business on 15th & 16th February 2010.

Business will resume as usual on Wednesday, 17th February, 2010.

For complete Bursa Holiday listing for 2010, please Refer to Bursa Malaysia Holidays 2010

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Story behind ‘Nian Gao’

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Nian Gao, a sweet snack that almost every Chinese household will savour during Chinese New Year. Chinese people have preserved this traditional food for 3000 years.

Learn a couple of simple ways to cook Nian Gao in this video.

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Chinese New Year 988 Song 2010 – Happy New Year In Sekinchan

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CNY Astro Song 2010 P5- Happy New Year in Ipoh Sunway 一路发

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Petronas Chinese New Year Ad 2010

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4 Responses to “We Wish You Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year”

  1. In Greece, traditionalists believe that wearing red underwear on New Year’s Day will attract good fortune.

    To the Chinese, red is not only a lucky colour but is the most auspicious colour and must always be used to mark any celebration, which explains why the sons of the Yellow Emperor go to town in red every Lunar New Year.

    But this year, Taoist practitioners have sounded the red alert against wearing red to usher in the year of the Tiger.

    If you want the ferocious cat to purr for you the whole year through, better don black and yellow instead, advises Tao expert Geraldine Goh.

    What? Black? That funereal colour? Especially on the first day of Chinese New Year? You want my grandmother to pengsan ah? And with yellow? You want me to look like a bee or hornet, is it?

    But according to Goh, who heads the Institute of Tao Studies here, the Tiger Year is “geng yin” and will require a mountain-load of water to draw out the flow of qi, or luck.

    “A dot of red is okay but wearing everything in red will block the flow of qi,” she told The Malaysian Insider recently.

    She explained that in Tao, there are five basic elements: fire, earth, wood, water and metal. Each element is represented by a colour: red (fire), yellow (earth), green (wood), black (water) and white (metal).

    “Geng represents metal while Yin is wood and they come together in pine wood. In the five elements theory, metal destroys wood, but this coming year wood is not afraid of metal because it is pine wood,” Goh said.

    According to Tao theory, metal “nurtures” water, which in turn “nurtures” wood. So, to pull in good luck, one needs to include the earth, or mountain, element and water, which are represented by the colours yellow and black.

    “You need water to communicate. Mountain is to tell you not to get involved in something long term you can’t pull out of,” said Goh.

    “The year is about ‘look see, look see, make money and wait for a while’. It’s about being cautious, not rushing and putting all your eggs in one basket,” she added.

    Goh had recently given a talk on “Bonding earth in auspicious Year of the Tiger”.

    The Chinese are not the only people to believe in auspicious colours.

    In Brazil, the superstitious believe that wearing a certain colour underwear at midnight on New Year’s Eve will influence your fortune for the rest of the year.

    Wearing white underwear will bring peace; green, luck; red, passion and yellow, wealth.

    When Brazil suffered the credit crunch two years ago, underwear shops sold out of yellow-coloured undies.

    According to some reports, undergarment boutiques in Hong Kong have been besieged by similar demands in the past few weeks.

    Apparently, the fashionable but superstitious Cantonese who fear to flout tradition have found the perfect compromise to greet the Tiger and in style.

    fr:themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/features/53204-lucky-colours-for-the-tiger-year-

  2. MCA open house a hit

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin joined well-wishers at the MCA open house at Wisma MCA, as Malaysians celebrated Chinese New Year on Sunday.

    They were greeted by two lion dance troupes as they were ushered into the building.

    First to welcome them was MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, in a wheelchair after a heel surgery, who waited for them at the entrance.

    Najib and Muhyiddin, accompanied by their wives Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Puan Sri Norainee Abd Rahman respectively, were then ushered into the hall by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

    They then sat at the main table and tossed yee sang together several times to emphasise their wish for a prosperous New Year, the 1Malaysia spirit of unity and good tidings for the MCA.

    The guests, including ministers and dignitaries, were also entertained by multi-cultural performances and songs.

    MCA leaders, including party central committee members led by MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, sang a Chinese New Year song for Najib and Rosmah.

    Najib then joined them on the stage where he was presented with a gift by the leaders.

    Scores of people of all races arrived as early as 9am for the open house.

    Before leaving at 11.20am, Najib told reporters he hoped the Year of the Tiger would inspire Malaysians to unite through the 1Malaysia spirit.

    “This is the year of recovery, when we will build up and strengthen our confidence in the economy and our future,” Najib said.

    In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah and Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman were among the dignitaries who visited the open houses hosted by Sabah MCA at the Kota Kinabalu High School and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) at a hotel yesterday.

    In Malacca, more than 3,000 people, including Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and his wife Datin Seri Asmah Abdul Rahman, visited the Pay Fong School hall on Sunday for the state MCA’s open house.

    In Ipoh, about 5,000 people visited the Chinese New Year open house held by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir on Sunday, the first time a Mentri Besar held a Chinese New Year open house.

    Visitors included international movie star Datuk Michelle Yeoh and her fiancé Datuk Seri Jean Todt.

    In George Town, thousands of visitors, including foreigners, thronged Komtar Walk on Sunday to celebrate Chinese New Year with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

    At the Penang Chinese Town Hall’s open house, chingay and lion dance performances welcomed guests at Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling.

    fr:thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/2/16/nation/5684513&sec=nation

  3. Hot KL goes quiet on Chinese New Year

    KUALA LUMPUR: It was a stress-free Monday in the city, with light traffic and many holidaymakers gathering to enjoy the festive holidays.

    However, the temperature was soaring and scores of foreign workers, taking advantage of the break, flocked to the water fountain outside the Suria KLCC shopping complex. Children were seen taking a dip in the nearby pool as their parents prepared food in a picnic-style atmosphere. In Bukit Bintang, the usually crowded pavement was clear as only a handful of shops opened for business.

    Housewife Lily Lim, 43, who was at a side-walk cafe outside the KL Pavilion shopping complex, said she enjoyed the respite from heavy traffic.

    “Normally, I’d think twice about leaving the comfort of my home in Kepong to get to the city as I dread being caught in traffic.

    “I’m lucky that I don’t have to balik kampung for Chinese New Year as it means I get to enjoy the celebration minus the usual hustle and bustle of the city,” she quipped.

    It was also a breeze for motorists travelling along the Federal Highway, towards Subang and Kuala Lumpur.

    In Johor Baru, thousands of people flocked to the Johor Zoo for the “Let’s Go to the Zoo” carnival held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations.

    Businessman Irwan Mohd Din, 36, who was the 1,000th visitor of the day, said the zoo had improved tremendously over the years with more added attractions.

    Johor Zoo manager Zakaria Zainuddin said the zoo had targeted a total of 10,000 visitors throughout the carnival which ends today.

    fr:thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/2/16/nation/5684511&sec=nation

  4. AirAsia offers 20% CNY fare discount

    PETALING JAYA: AirAsia is offering a 20% discount on all seats, to all destinations starting from Feb 18 to 21 for the travel period of March 23 to 31.

    This promotion is in conjunction with the Chinese New Year and is available exclusively online via AirAsia’s website at airasia.com.

    This regional promotional campaign is available from AirAsia’s nine hubs – Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Bangkok, Phuket, Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, and Bandung – stretching across 20 countries to over 130 routes.

    The promotion excludes domestic destinations within Thailand and the six new routes to India – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai from Kuala Lumpur and Chennai from Penang – which were announced open for sale recently, where promotional fares are still available online until Feb 21.

    “Guests will obtain greater savings from this promotion as the 20% off our existing low fares will add more value to their travel plans,” said AirAsia regional commercial head Kathleen Tan.

    fr:thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/2/18/nation/5695032&sec=nation

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