Eight decades of CNY celebration in Malaysia
Just like every year in the past two decades, the first batch of family relatives to come my house in Ipoh for bainian on the first day of the Chinese New Year comprised of my mom's elder sister ( daye ) as well as her son and his family. My daye was once a self-employed tailor in Ipoh who specialised in homemaking baju kurung and baju kebaya for Malay female customers such as cabaret girls in the 1960s and 1970s when, I still remember, Bengawan Solo was still a popular hit in town. Like my mother, daye was born in Batu Gajah. She is now eighty two.