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PHOTO ESSAY- FOREIGN TRADERS

My Recent observation at the Selayang wet market found foreigners occupying a significant space in the vegetables section. Based on interviews with several local Chinese sellers in the area, most of the foreigners were made up of those from Bangladesh and Myanmar. The locals further alleged that these foreigners did not have a business license.

I recently visited the Selayang wet market in Kuala Lumpur after receiving complaints from local traders that foreigners were operating illegally there. They said every time enforcement action was taken against these illegal traders, they would return a  few days later. The local traders said they had been facing this problem for the past 10 years.

The main concern of the locals was that these foreigners were selling low-quality vegetables at a lower price. Based on further observation, this problem is not only affecting the Selayang wet market but also other major wet markets around Kuala Lumpur.

Some traders are worried that this problem, coupled with the coming Goods and Services Tax (GST), may result in further losses for them.

It is learned that some of these foreigners started off working for local businessmen at the market. Later on, they began to venture out into business on their own.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2015/01/19/mercy-foreign-traders/#ixzz3Pu2Np5dg

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THE LION HEAD MAKER: THE LOST TRADITION

Performed during Chinese New Year as well as other traditional, cultural and religious festivals, the lion dance makes up a huge part of the Chinese culture. The Rakyat Post photographer Daniel Chan documents the process involved in the making of the lion’s head at Taman Desa Pandan in Selangor. Craftsman Wong Soon Fai, 53, produces two styles of southern lion heads, the Fut San (Buddha Mountain) and Hok San (Crane Mountain), with both originating from the Guangdong province in China. According to Wong, rattan as a material is favoured over the traditional bamboo-made lion heads due to its lightness and pliability as it does not snap like bamboo, putting the lion head operator at the risk of injuries.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2014/12/09/art-lion-head-making/#ixzz3MjoyHmuA

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CHAP GOH MEI AND VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

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1) Newly-wed couples and temple leaders release balloons as they pose for a group photo during their mass wedding ceremony on the occasion of the unique date of St. Valentine’s Day and Chinese Valentine’s Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. Photo by Daniel Chan

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2) Newly-wed couples pose for a group photo during their mass wedding ceremony on the occasion of the unique date of St. Valentine’s Day and Chinese Valentine’s Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. Photo by Daniel Chan

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3) Newly-wed couples pose for a group photo during their mass wedding ceremony on the occasion of the unique date of St. Valentine’s Day and Chinese Valentine’s Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar. Photo by Daniel Chan

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4) A dragon dance is performed during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. Photo by Daniel Chan

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5) A dragon dance is performed during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. Photo by Daniel Chan

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6) Performers waiting behind the stage for the show during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. Photo by Daniel Chan

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7) A performer is performing the Chinese traditional dance during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. Photo by Daniel Chan

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8) A fire dragon made of straw studded with incense sticks, is performed during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

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9) A fire dragon made of straw studded with incense sticks, is performed during Chap Goh Mei festival in Ipoh, Malaysia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chap Goh Mei is the final day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Oriental Valentine’s Day. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)