KUCHING: Saving consistently, avoiding debt, spending wisely and investing for the future to meet family needs in any economic climate are a sure-win formula, according to Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.

Lo, who is also Padawan Municipal Council chairman, said this combination of positive habits is an age-old traditional practice of the Chinese community.

He said in the modern context, it means spending wisely.

“Looking out for discounts in supermarkets during all festive seasons is a good start. Compare prices, you would be surprised how price tags can really help you save a lot if you are buying a lot,” he said, adding people must learn to be wise consumers.

“But of course, it is the best thing to do to treat your family to a nice meal,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The assemblyman went on to extend his season’s greeting: “May this Chinese New Year bestow upon you good health, progress and much happiness.

“Let us spread the message of peace and harmony among all races in multicultural Sarawak.

“Happy Chinese New Year and may all our hopes for Sarawak and Sabah come true.”