Wishing all readers a Happy Lunar New Year!

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Here’s wishing you a joyous year ahead filled with every good thing. Hope the coming year brings with it exciting new possibilities along with greater justice, freedom and solidarity.

For those of you facing a heavy burden in life, whether personal loss, financial difficulties or an impossible situation – I hope your load will be lighter in the coming year and that you will find comfort among family members, relatives and good old friends and unexpected new ones.

Lunar New Year evening at the Taiping Lake Garden – Photograph by Elida Ong

Treasure your time with them and the community while you can; value the love and friendship you share. Find peace and beauty in unexpected places, in silence and solitude and in harmony with nature, where everything is interconnected.

Lunar New Year sunset at the Taiping Lake Garden – Photograph by Elida Ong

Share with us how you are spending the new year weekend, the atmosphere of the celebrations, and what your family and friends are saying about what’s happening in the country. Are they hopeful of change? Will they be coming home again to vote? Has the cost of living affected your celebrations?

Meanwhile, some Chinese restaurants seem to be having less business around this time with customers opting for cheaper packages. Check out this BFM podcast:

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My neighbors’ children working in Singapore not return for Chinese New Year but will come home to vote in PRU14. A good sacrifice to deny Gerakan any chance in Penang.

shrieki
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shrieki

Ah pek, see pg lang has to cari makan in sungland. Bark bark and no do do with no opportunities, pg talent will be gone.

Youme
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Youme

A good start for new year for Pakatan Penang as its CNY open house attracted more people than BN’s open house.

DAP Gerakan CNY Open House
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DAP Gerakan CNY Open House

FEB 18 noon DAP open house Han Chiang Sec School.

FEB 19 7pm Gerakan Open house HQ at Macalister Road.

See you all there enjoy food and talk GE14 politics

DAP Gerakan CNY Open House
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DAP Gerakan CNY Open House

Anil can gauge the sentiments of Penangites at these 2 events leading to GE14. Better survey than what Bernama can report!

Norman
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Norman

Quiet chinese new year, less fire crackers as people cut cost to cope with difficult year of high cost of living.

Rita
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Rita

People has come to senses not to burn their hard earned money on firecrackers or fireworks.

Norman
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Norman

6th Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple annual ‘Chneah Hoay’ (flame-watching) ceremony took place at Snake Temple on Feb 20.The flame for this year shows that the overall for the Penang State’s is better than last year.

https://images.pocketnews.com.my/downloads/ban-ka-lan-snake-temple-flame-watching-ceremony-2018-2/

Lenny
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Lenny

The deity predicted that the economy would be at its best in the first four months of the year which first flame was 10 inch. He said the second flame was slightly smaller at around 4 inch and the third flame, re­presenting the period from September to December, was at around 3 inch.

Read More At: https://www.pocketnews.com.my/2018/02/21/6th-ban-ka-lan-snake-temple-annual-flame-watching-ceremony-festival-2018/ | Pocket News

FangFang
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FangFang

A barking rooster, strange but true, as advertised on Chinese newspapers on Chinese New Year!

tunglang
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tunglang

Barking roosters a many in Kelantan, Trengganu & Kedah!
See no no-no, see roosters yes!

Sam
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Sam

Already so much controversy this year, wonder how these jokers would respond next year Year of the Pig?

PolitiScheiss+(a.k.a.+IT.Scheiss)
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PolitiScheiss+(a.k.a.+IT.Scheiss)

A couple or so years back, some IT companies were holding Yee Sang lunches even beyond the 15 day CNY celebration period.

shrieki
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shrieki

What happen now? Bad times? Cat fish now?

Rita
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Rita

Yee Sang is invented in Malaysia, not a tradition from China or Taiwan. It is a means for restaurants to make profits from a low cost dish.

tunglang
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tunglang

Tosai originated from Indian rubber tappers in Perak???

shrieki
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shrieki

Now, have to eat on our own. Years ago, no gst and ringgit like bullock cart wheels. No no more bull carts. Only bull droppings

PolitiScheiss+(a.k.a.+IT.Scheiss)
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PolitiScheiss+(a.k.a.+IT.Scheiss)

Kong Hee Fatt Choi

Norman
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Norman
Rita
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Rita

Need more competition among the telcos to give better deals to consumers.

Lenny
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Lenny

On Tuesday, wireless coverage mapping specialist OpenSignal released a report entitled “The State of LTE” which claimed that the average speed of 4G in Malaysia was 14.83 megabits per second (Mbps), which is among the slowest among 88 countries in the survey.

The report said that the 4G speed in Malaysia was far behind those of neighbouring Singapore (with an average speed of 44.32 Mbps), Vietnam (21.49 Mbps), Brunei (17.48 Mbps) and Myanmar (15.56 Mbps).

If this is true, this is not a record or achievement Malaysians can be proud of.

Read more at https://m.malaysiakini.com/letters/413035#KJPAEs2UDMmQ3ICj.99

Joo Huat
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Joo Huat

This is a more meaningful KIP to monitor instead of those frivolous feats in Malaysia Book of Records.

Joo Huat
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Joo Huat

Malaysia’s 4G broadband is slower than most countries in ASEAN according to OpenSignal report in UK.

tunglang
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tunglang

Free plastic bags if BN wins Selangor, promises state info chief
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/412623#OPC7eDDchdFF7HB2.99

Free plastic bags to clog more drains, to choke more dolphins, or to just put the 1MDB dirts into thrash plastic bags & forget forever?
From Stupid Kangkung Economics to this, Blue Ocean Strategy seems to get on my nerves.

Norman
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Norman

Awaiting what freebies BN to offer to Penangites if wrestle back Penang.
Any suggestions?

Rita
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Rita

We do not mind free meals once again, although another K pop concert is not necessary to spare Ah Jib Kor the embarrassment.

Rita
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Rita

More plastic bags is a blue ocean strategy?
Umno demonstrates to us that they are not environmentally friendly and just fish for easy votes.

tunglang
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tunglang

Blue Ocean Strategy was wholly adopted by Naik Jeep for his Blue Strategy, just for your information if you are not in the know.

Norman
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Norman

“BN wants to reintroduce plastic bags and this will be bad for the future because of the amount of rubbish that will accumulate in this country. On the other hand, Pakatan Harapan wants you to use a disposable bag or reusable bag. So BN is for the past, dirtying the environment with plastic but Pakatan Harapan is for the future, where bags like this will be reused again and again,” said Tun Mahathir.

Sam
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Sam

The whole world is going green and yet the senseless Umno politicians are promising to give free plastic bags if they win the election. I do not like politics and I hope the people of Selangor DO NOT VOTE for BN in order to save our environment. It takes 200 hundred years for plastics to disintegrate and I am sure those dumb people are not aware of this, hoping to win votes with 20 sen plastic bag offering.

Norman
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Norman

Plastic bags can have various negative impacts on the environment. In addition to the use of natural resources and waste from plastic bag production, plastic bags can increase the risk of flooding. Because they never break down completely, plastic bags can clog storm drains and other areas which can eventually cause severe flooding. Plastic products are also causing serious issues in the world’s oceans, where pieces of plastic actually outnumber the amount of plankton in the water. The plastic pieces can lead to avian and marine life choking, consuming partially broken down pieces of plastic, and being strangled by discarded… Read more »

tunglang
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tunglang

The last time I remember this type of public compulsory consumption was the simple headlight bulbs of motorbikes that have to be on anytime one is riding on the road. Yes, for safety at night or during a rainy day but is it effective on a bright sunny day?
I smell another super-profitable Satu Lagi Kangtao for plastic bag manufacturers in Malaya Nusantara.