Christmas in Malaysia

suria christmas tree

Because Malaysia is a Muslim country, I thought Christmas would go by without much fuss. I was wrong! We spent the weekend at KLCC and there are Christmas decorations everywhere, including a huge tree inside the Suria shopping centre (see pic). The shops are all playing Christmas music – “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” seems even more absurd in Malaysia than it does in New Zealand’s summer. One of the more unusual sights was a women veiled from head to toe in black posing in front of the tree for her husband (in shorts, t-shirt and jandals) to take a photograph. He motioned to her to move so he could be sure to get in the Santa and the pile of presents. I guess that is what it’s all about – another retail opportunity for the shop-owners. Judging by the number of people in the centre, they’re onto something!

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