Chinese New Year
With much of the country still subject to restrictions on movements, the traditional lion dance has been far from the spotlight, forcing performers who normally rake in high profits this season to find other means of earning a living.
Passenger traffic over the Lunar New Year break plunged 58% from last year to 97.7 million trips, according to preliminary estimates from the transport ministry, including journeys made via railways, roads, waterways and air.
Japan is feeling the loss of Chinese tourists who normally come to stock up on expensive gifts for Chinese New Year.
Their elderly parents are wheelchair-bound and they themselves have special needs, but Mei Ching and her brother are glad to be celebrating Chinese New Year as a family nonetheless.
While many aspects of Chinese New Year will be different or entirely missing under the movement control order this year, families such as that of Fong Teck Keong in Kampung Baru Ampang will still gather for reunion dinners under strict health SOPs.
With dine-in customers limited to just two per table, restaurateurs are forced to come up with creative ways to continue delivering a crucial part of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Lim Tiap Beng, fondly known as Uncle Kapitan in his village in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, has lived alone since his mother passed away 34 years ago. While he still has a sister and other family members, he will spend Chinese New Year alone in his rickety old house as Covid-19 movement restrictions remain in place across most of the country.
Lim Tiap Beng lives alone in an old wooden house in a village in Negeri Sembilan but he is happy that he has good neighbours and a friend who looks out for him.
The need to restrict movements during the festive season is cited as the main reason for this support, although those who disagree question the limits when economic activities are allowed.