This is something that every Malaysian (and people around the world) have been waiting for every year - to usher in the New Year with friends and family accompanied by a celebratory display of fireworks!
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But unfortunately, with the COVID-19 situation, a number of organisers have come to the decision to not hold any events that would attract large public gatherings to avoid compromising everyone’s health and safety.
Here are the top spots in the Klang Valley which won’t be having any firework displays this year, as reported by the Malay Mail:
Resort World Genting, Genting Highlands
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Resort World Genting (RWG) is known for its cool weather and various attractions but is also amongst the top spots for New Year countdown events.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, RWG will not have any fireworks display this year.
In a statement, they said that the pandemic has caused an adverse impact on the leisure and hospitality industry and RWG is not spared from the difficulties of these challenging times.
“We have re-engineered our processes to adapt to the new operating environment. We have also created an environment that is safe for all our visitors, employees, business partners, and community by implementing stringent safety measures throughout the resort.”
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
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The Curve in Mutiara Damansara has always jointly hosted the New Year’s celebration with two other malls in the Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre (MDCC) namely eCurve and the IPC Shopping Centre.
The trio have been commemorating the New Year’s celebrations for 14 years now and are also known for their longest and dazzling firework display in Selangor, but sadly, they have made a collective decision to not have any New Year’s event that could encourage large crowds to gather.
A spokesperson of The Curve said: “What’s important for any New Year celebration is to have renewed hope, gratitude and a positive outlook for the year ahead.
“This time around, The Curve urges everyone to make the safety of individuals, family, friends, and the community at large a priority.”
IPC Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara
With its joint decision of the MDCC, IPC is now shifting its New Year’s celebration online!
According to general manager, Karyn Lim, IPC shopping centre will be organising the ‘IPC Live Shopping Fiesta’, the first 12 hour long Facebook livestream by a shopping centre in Malaysia.
She said: “Viewers will be able to shop and enjoy special deals, and entertainment by renowned international and local artists.
“Shoppers can easily make their purchase within the Facebook platform and have it delivered within 24 hours in the Klang Valley, courtesy of our delivery partner, Lalamove.”
It’s a countdown like no other! Tune in on the 31st of December for the ultimate virtual experience from IPC Shopping Centre! ✨ Find out more at : https://fb.me/e/HZtvY3zCPosted by IPC Shopping Centre on Monday, December 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the Movement Control Order have impacted IPC shopping centre’s overall visitations, which had also presented them with new opportunities to further strengthen their online and offline offerings.
Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
The iconic Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur is also amongst the popular places for Malaysians to usher in the New Year.
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According to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Dataran Merdeka is closed for the time being as it is undergoing some maintenance works.
...and with Selangor and Kuala Lumpur still undergoing the conditional movement control order (CMCO), public events are still not allowed according to the National Security Council (MKN) which means there will be no fireworks display at Dataran Merdeka this year.
However, DBKL will be organising a virtual event on New Year’s Eve instead to celebrate the coming of the year 2021.
The ‘Konsert Ambang 2021’ will feature live performances by Orkestra Kuala Lumpur and also a special appearance by DJ Isma Halil.
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The new year’s eve virtual concert is using the ‘Wargakota Terus Bertahan’ as their theme, and viewers can catch the live performances on DBKL’s official Facebook page on 31 December at 10 pm.
Sounds like a lot of fun!
Though this year’s celebration is going to be a little different, hopefully, this means that there are plenty of good things in store for us in 2021.
Happy New Year, everyone!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat