• Wartawan Nabalu News


6 Feb 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News

KOTA KINABALU: A virtual Chinese New Year night market in Foh Sang will be organised for the first time ever as an effort to avoid massive gathering while providing a convenient platform for the public to purchase products without leaving home.

The virtual night market will be streamed online by DAP Luyang State Assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe on his Facebook page starting from 6pm to 9pm on Feb 9.

According to Phoong, other main objectives of organising the night market virtually is also to reduce the risk of triggering a Covid-19 community cluster and help promote the products of the local businesses.

"We all know that Chinese New Year markets are different comparing to normal night markets, we do not want to risk and create crowds and although the government has allowed night markets to reopen.

"That is why we came up with an idea to run an online night market," he said in a statement today.

Phoong also mentioned that a lot of youngsters are currently away from home and not able to return home this year for the celebration due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

"We understand that everyone misses home and they miss the liveliness of the night markets and the festive environment of the Chinese New Year.

"We hope to recreate these familiar and lively scenes online to reach out to everyone so that those who are away from home can still celebrate together," he stated.

Stall vendors who wish to participate in the virtual event can either contact Eklan at 010-2851308, while interesting individuals who want to make performances can get more information from Desmond at 016-8991137.

The performers would be participating in the form of video compression rate (VCR) and the online stalls will be selected randomly.