A Not So Festive Chinese New Year in Empty Shopping Malls

The whole of Peninsular Malaysia is currently under the second implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), but decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday are still being put up in shopping malls although lacking in shoppers.

With high spikes of cases in states such as Selangor and Sabah, Malaysians are advised to rightly stay home and to refrain from any shopping trips that they may have planned prior to the festive day.

A local photographer decided to document this event even though if it means taking pictures of largely empty malls with no subject to keep his lens on. With his trusted iPhone 12 Pro Max and a tripod, Siva Kumar went out on a mission to highlight the major change the pandemic has done to once bustling shopping malls.

Suria KLCC

Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar

Pavillion

Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar

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Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar

These images show malls around Malaysia who are donning the usual Chinese New Year decorations at this time of month and how the consequences of the pandemic can clearly be seen in terms of business that just not having the foot traffic that they used to have.

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Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar
Siva Kumar

With majority of us unable to witness the festivity of the new year in person yet, this is perhaps the closest we could get to visualising what Chinese New Year could’ve been, for now.

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