Traders Maintain Prices Of CNY Decorative Items

By Soon Li Wei

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- The Chinese New Year celebration is considered incomplete if a house or business premise is not decorated with lanterns or flowering plum trees to add to the merriment and bring luck to the owners.

Traders selling these items in Jalan Sultan and Jalan Petaling seem to have retained the old prices.

The sale began as early as December although Chinese New Year this year falls on Jan 31.

Mathew Tan, the owner of M & K Party House in Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, said he offered the items at prices lower than in other shops as he was a wholesaler of Chinese New Year decorative items.

"For example, we have been selling pineapple lanterns, which are imported from China, for as low as RM1.40 to RM40 each depending on the size," he told Bernama.

"Customers are worried about traders who take advantage of the situation by raising prices, but we still offer reasonable prices," he said.

Nan Thong Gift & Deco Sdn Bhd manager Hanson Saw said the shop has been getting bookings in large quantities since early December as the prices were "very reasonable".

"People prefer to buy decorative lamps in large quantities because each set is sold for RM15. In fact, we have been running out of stock and had to order more from the wholesaler," he said.

Housewife Chong Mei Ling, 46, from Old Klang Road, said she took the opportunity to buy a large amount of decorative items as their prices had not gone up.