The Chinese New Year is just 2 weeks away and shopping malls have started to showcase their vibrant Chinese New Year decorations.
However, Suria KLCC has recently come under fire for its controversial Chinese New Year decorative structure, placed right outside the mall, as netizens claimed it looks more like for Qingming.
The Qingming festival is also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English and is observed by ethnic Chinese here. During Qingming, Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors to clean the gravesites, pray to their ancestors and make ritual offerings.
The decorative pagoda-like structure erected outside the mall is eye-catching among mall-goers, but most said it resembled the prayer paraphernalia that was burnt on Qingming.
In a Facebook post by Malaysia Shopping Mall, netizens said the management of Suria KLCC should have conducted more research and consulted members of the Chinese community before proceeding with the idea.
“Obviously the designer don’t know about the Chinese Culture at all. It is bad design decoration.” a netizen said.
“I saw a person there taking pictures and he seems to be praying with joss sticks. Really can’t run away from the feeling of Qing Ming.” another said.
Meanwhile, some questioned the mall’s marketing budget and describe the decoration as a utter failure, adding that the mall shoud pay greater respect to Chinese culture.
Many left sarcastic comments that said it’s a great idea from Suria KLCC since the decorative piece can be used until Qingming before they burn it down to send it to their ancestors.
One even asked whether the decorative structure is sponsored by Nirvana, referring to the funeral services company.
Some more constructive opinions were that the fundamental idea of making a pagoda is good but the structure was poorly and lazily designed. “At least craft the doors and windows properly,” said one Facebook user.
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