No Chap Goh Mei gatherings in Mukah

Leong Kin Lee

MUKAH: It will be yet another quiet atmosphere for the Chinese community here as no Chap Goh Mei gathering will be organised today even though the district is a Covid-19 green zone.

Last year also witnessed the same scenario following the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) from March 18, followed by subsequent movement restrictions until today.

Mukah Tua Pek Kong Temple chairman Leong Kin Lee said the occasion will only be marked by a prayer service held at the Tua Pek Kong Temple today, 10am.

“For the prayer session, we will still have to comply with the standard operating procedures in place,” he told New Sarawak Tribune here today.

He added that as usual, some tortoise dumplings, a symbol of long life in Chinese belief, will also be distributed.

Leong emphasised that the last time a Chap Goh Mei gathering was held at the Tua Pek Kong Temple was in 2019 before the pandemic emerged in Malaysia early last year.

Meanwhile, Leong, a businessman in his 40s, said as usual during Chap Goh Mei, his family like many other Chinese families, will also have a family dinner.

Chap Goh Mei marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.