M’sia Shopping Mall Slammed for Having CNY Decoration That Looks Like Paper Offerings


If there’s one thing not to do during the Chinese New Year period, it’s to bring up the topic of death. We all learn that in different ways, mostly through what our parents tell us, but rarely do we ever learn through actually engaging in rituals associated with death during this period of time.

Unfortunately, one Malaysian shopping mall learned the hard way.

Suria KLCC, a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, constructed a pagoda-like structure as part of its Chinese New Year decorations, but it felt like the wrong holiday had come knocking on all our doors, in arguably the worst way ever.

Paper Pagodas?

Apart from its structural integrity, there was one other issue that was more pressing to the public: its uncanny resemblance to paper offerings that Taoists burn for events such as Qing Ming Festival, an annual tomb-sweeping event.

Not exactly what you want to associate with Chinese New Year, especially when all your aunties and uncles are particularly superstitious during this time.

Even though burning paper offerings are a Taoist tradition, paper offerings are largely recognisable to most living in countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.

Paper offerings come in the form of materialistic items such as houses, clothes and jewellery. They are often burned for one’s ancestors due to the belief that these items will help them in their ancestors in the afterlife, drawing its relevance to the theme of passing on.

Over a hundred comments spread out across the photos posted on Facebook proved that point, with many making jokes or expressing their annoyance at the management’s decor choice.

However, it apparently isn’t the first time that this mall has used a pagoda in their Chinese New Year decorations.

What’s the Issue, Then?

As seen in the photo, Suria KLCC also employed the use of a pagoda in their 2020 Chinese New Year decorations.

Image: sorbis / Shuttlestock.com

However, when compared with this year’s pagoda, there is definitely a stark contrast between the vibes that they give off.

Image: Malaysia Shopping Mall / facebook.com

Some netizens suggested that it might be due to the colour green, as it is not seen often in Chinese New Year decorations.

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But Qing Ming wasn’t the only thing that the pagoda was likened to.

Especially since the green colour sat at the roof, it was likening it to a hat of sorts as seen by a Facebook user’s comment.

Image: Malaysia Shopping Mall / facebook.com

There is a Chinese saying where a green hat means to be a cuckold. This made the mall’s blunder even greater, but also funnier as netizens continue to poke fun at the odd decoration online.


Well, at least now we know what colour we definitely shouldn’t wear when we visit our relatives during Chinese New Year.

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Featured Image: Facebook (Malaysia Shopping Centre)